The geo-political, economic and social realities of Niger contrast starkly with those of Western countries. These parameters have a determining influence of the lives of all Nigeriens, so it is important to take account of these factors as a means to better understanding the decisions and motivations of the individuals in the documentary. This section provides an overview of the country to enable students to immediately grasp the broader context in which the people of Kara-Kara live and how it compares with their own situation, including:
- Geography: where Niger is situated in relation to other countries, where Zinder is situated with respect to the Nigerien capital and its resources, and Kara-Kara’s historical position as a marginal district of Zinder.
- Political History: To understand the way in which Niger currently functions, it is important to be aware of its political history – the organization of the region prior to colonization, the manner in which things were re-organised during French occupation and the current governance model, including the legacy of colonial rule.
- Demography: ethnicity, religion, languages, age and education of the Nigerien population.
- Socio-economic Indicators : statistics on the geographic, demographic and economic situation of the country which serve as indicators that can be compared with other countries.