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Kel Tamasheq
A Tuareg man
Total population
c. 3 million
Regions with significant populations
 Niger 2,116,988 (8.7% of its total population)
 Mali 536,557 (2.6% of its total population)
 Burkina Faso 370,738 (1.85% of its total population)
 Algeria 25,000–150,000 (0.36% of its total population)
 Tunisia 2,000 (nomadic, 0.018% of its total population)
Tuareg languages (Tafaghist, Tamahaq, Tamasheq, Tamajeq, Tawellemmet), Maghrebi Arabic, French, Hassaniya Arabic
Related ethnic groups
Other Berbers, Hausa people

The Tuareg (Arabic: طوارق, sometimes spelled Touareg in French, or Twareg in English) are a Berber ethnic group. The Tuareg today lives mostly in West Africa, but they were once nomads that moved throughout the Sahara. They used their own writing known as the tifinaɤ.

Today most Tuaregs are Muslims. Their most important leader was a woman. Tuareg men use veils, but not women. Their families are matrilinear.

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