A love apart by Haassen, Bettina
The Tuareg are a Berber nomadic pastoralist people. They are the principal inhabitants of the Saharan interior of North Africa.They call themselves variously Kel Tamasheq or Kel Tamajaq. The Tuareg today are found mostly in West Africa, some historians claim they progressively moved South over the last 2000 years. They were once nomads throughout the Sahara. They have a little-used but ancient script known as the Tifinagh.
The Tuareg consider marriage as a private institution. Other people are not to interfere with a couple's marriage. Punishment for men or women who are unfaithful is uncommon. Tuareg are not supposed to have more than one life partner: a love affair is practically equal to an engagement, and once a couple is recognized, the two people are supposed to get married. It is highly unusual for anyone to remain single.