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Desert Moon Ornament, Made by Tuareg refugees in Niger - UN Refugee Agency


Made51: Crafted by Refugees
From the UN Refugee Agency
  • Crafted by Tuareg refugees living in Niger, the metalwork used to create this crescent moon highlights impressive heritage techniques that are used to create both utilitarian and decorative objects. As nomadic pastoralists who traditionally inhabit a vast area in the Sahara Desert, the desert moon is a symbol of protection and prosperity.

    Each ornament is individually packaged and ready for gift-giving in a MADE51 box, complete with an artisan story card.

    Size: 3" x 2.5"

    Materials: Aluminium/nickel

    Note: These products are handmade and there will be slight variations in shape, size, and color.

  • “Refugees have skills and talents that only need a chance to grow and flourish. Within each piece lies a story of history and culture, and the chance for a person who has fled war and persecution to offer something of beauty and style to the world.” - Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

    MADE51 is a global initiative brought to life by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Each ornament in the MADE51 Holiday Collection tells a story about the cultural heritage of its maker. These beautiful crafts are windows into the diversity and talent of refugee artisans around the world. They fill homes with meaning, as symbols of solidarity, empowerment and hope.

    Sidi, a Malian refugee jeweller and blacksmith living in Niger. Photo (c) UNHCR / 6M Productions.

    “Thank to UNHCR, I was able to follow different trainings which have allowed me to improve my craft… Working with other artisans has motivated me. We learn new things from each other and give each other courage and strength. A product that is the result of a hard work in group has more value than a product I have made myself. With the extra money I make, I will be able to buy raw material and continue to work and improve my craft. I will also be able to contribute to the basic needs of my children, such as food, clothing and school fees.” - Sidi

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