The people of Walata
are open, hospitable and generous. They receive travellers
with a smile and happily share their food, shelter and celebrations
with them. With their special personality they create a
special atmosphere that surrounds us and helps us disconnect from
our Western world. We will be helplessly seduced by the dark sky
full of stars, the landscape of the desert and the friendly people
At the same time, we mustn't forget the city's nomadic tradition,
which also makes its influence felt in the cheerful character of
the inhabitants of Walata. For the nomads, the feast is a feeling
of social cohesion and here the singing, clapping and drums fill
the atmosphere, creating a burst of energy which will live
for ever in our memory.
Walata is a small community
with a long urban tradition. The commercial activities of the inhabitants
are related to the livestock market, next to the batha, the riverbed
separating the city centre from the outlying neighbourhoods.
The Muslim religion is also present in the life of the people of
Walata, with its most characteristic rituals, like communal prayer
on Fridays and the month of Ramadan. All the traditional
ceremonies celebrated in Walata show the profound loyalty of this
community to the basic precepts of Islam and their allegiance to
the 'umma, the community of Muslim believers.