ⓘ Moussa Ag Amastan. Musa Ag Amastan was the Chief of the Kel Ahaggar Tuareg from 1905 to 1920. Based in the Ahaggar, it formed part of the Kel Ghela. ..

                                     

ⓘ Moussa Ag Amastan

Musa Ag Amastan was the Chief of the Kel Ahaggar Tuareg from 1905 to 1920. Based in the Ahaggar, it formed part of the Kel Ghela.

                                     

1. Reign

Many of the French who had met Moussa noted his religiosity. Maurice Benhazera confirmed Moussas religious fervour.

There are indications that Moussas life did undergo a considerable change when he was about 30 years old that is, c. 1897 in the form of an enhanced religiosity, which can be attributed to the spiritual mentorship of Bay al-Kunti who resided in Teleya in the Adrar des Ifoghas.

In 1901 Musa ag Amastan was part of the Kel Ahaggar coalition leading a rezzu invasion against the Berabich of Azawad submitted to the French authorities in Timbuktu.

It was during the summer of 1910 that he travelled in France. Led officially by the captain Nieger and accompanied by the commander Laperrine, his journey then took the name of "Mission Touareg".

                                     

2. Quote

"Je ne pourrais pas vivre ici. Vous avez de la chance de les toutes ces belles choses posseder et de savoir vous en servir. Remerciez Dieu chaque jour. Il a ete bon pour vous.". Translation: I could not live here. You are lucky to have them all these beautiful things and know how to use them. Thank God every day. He has been good for you ".