The Hand of Fatima rock formation is situated 10 kilometres in the west of the town Hombori in the Sahel, a region which is a strip that runs along the entire southern border of the Sahara. This five of the world's tallest spires jut from the sand like red fingers reaching an altitude of 830 metres. The highest spire, the Kawa Tondo rises up to about 500 metres from the Sahara plain.
Hand of Fatima (means = the hand of Muhammad's daughter Fatima Zahra) is a sacred symbol for the Shiite Muslims throughout the world and in Mali it is symbolized in this holy rock formation of the same name. The rock formation belongs to the Hombori Mountains, of which the Hombori Tondo, at 1'153 metres, is the highest mountain of Mali.
Mali 1974, Hand of Fatima.
The highest of the spires (middle) is known as Kaga Tondo and the smaller left as Kaga Pamiri.