A young boy puts on his sunglasses on the banks of the Niger River.
       
     
 Men walk past trash heaps and tin-roofed huts in downtown Niamey.
       
     
 A fisherman casts a fishing net into the shallows of the Niger River.
       
     
MKCoursin_Niger-104-2.jpg
       
     
 A young boy watches as a jockey gallops a horse down a dirt horse track in Niamey.
       
     
 A jockey carries a coin in his ear for good luck.
       
     
 Abdul, 27, has been racing horses for 10 years and riding for 17.
       
     
 Tribal scars mark the face of a jockey.
       
     
 Zacharria rests on his horse, Welcome, before racing in Niamey.
       
     
 A jockey weighs in at a race track in Niamey. Jockeys and all their equipment must clock in below 51 kgs (112 lbs) to be eligble to race.
       
     
 A jockey races in barefeet to save weight.
       
     
 Horses and jockeys race down the final stretch as bystanders look on.
       
     
 Men watch on intently during a race.
       
     
 Bystanders cheer along the final stretch of a race.
       
     
 Young boys climb a coconut tree to look for small coconuts and a view.
       
     
 Elders and men of stature in various tribes watch a race from armchairs placed in the stands.
       
     
 A jockey sweats under the sun. Temperatures can easily rise above 110 degrees.
       
     
 Two brothers sit on a fence and chat between races at a horse track in Niamey.
       
     
 A young seamstress walks around the track in Niamey, offering a quick mend to clothes in need of repair.
       
     
 Stable hands exercises horses at the end of the day.
       
     
 A young boy puts on his sunglasses on the banks of the Niger River.
       
     

A young boy puts on his sunglasses on the banks of the Niger River.

 Men walk past trash heaps and tin-roofed huts in downtown Niamey.
       
     

Men walk past trash heaps and tin-roofed huts in downtown Niamey.

 A fisherman casts a fishing net into the shallows of the Niger River.
       
     

A fisherman casts a fishing net into the shallows of the Niger River.

MKCoursin_Niger-104-2.jpg
       
     
 A young boy watches as a jockey gallops a horse down a dirt horse track in Niamey.
       
     

A young boy watches as a jockey gallops a horse down a dirt horse track in Niamey.

 A jockey carries a coin in his ear for good luck.
       
     

A jockey carries a coin in his ear for good luck.

 Abdul, 27, has been racing horses for 10 years and riding for 17.
       
     

Abdul, 27, has been racing horses for 10 years and riding for 17.

 Tribal scars mark the face of a jockey.
       
     

Tribal scars mark the face of a jockey.

 Zacharria rests on his horse, Welcome, before racing in Niamey.
       
     

Zacharria rests on his horse, Welcome, before racing in Niamey.

 A jockey weighs in at a race track in Niamey. Jockeys and all their equipment must clock in below 51 kgs (112 lbs) to be eligble to race.
       
     

A jockey weighs in at a race track in Niamey. Jockeys and all their equipment must clock in below 51 kgs (112 lbs) to be eligble to race.

 A jockey races in barefeet to save weight.
       
     

A jockey races in barefeet to save weight.

 Horses and jockeys race down the final stretch as bystanders look on.
       
     

Horses and jockeys race down the final stretch as bystanders look on.

 Men watch on intently during a race.
       
     

Men watch on intently during a race.

 Bystanders cheer along the final stretch of a race.
       
     

Bystanders cheer along the final stretch of a race.

 Young boys climb a coconut tree to look for small coconuts and a view.
       
     

Young boys climb a coconut tree to look for small coconuts and a view.

 Elders and men of stature in various tribes watch a race from armchairs placed in the stands.
       
     

Elders and men of stature in various tribes watch a race from armchairs placed in the stands.

 A jockey sweats under the sun. Temperatures can easily rise above 110 degrees.
       
     

A jockey sweats under the sun. Temperatures can easily rise above 110 degrees.

 Two brothers sit on a fence and chat between races at a horse track in Niamey.
       
     

Two brothers sit on a fence and chat between races at a horse track in Niamey.

 A young seamstress walks around the track in Niamey, offering a quick mend to clothes in need of repair.
       
     

A young seamstress walks around the track in Niamey, offering a quick mend to clothes in need of repair.

 Stable hands exercises horses at the end of the day.
       
     

Stable hands exercises horses at the end of the day.