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Stories and Tips Mauritania

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Part 3: 'While there is life, there's hope'*

Written by HELEN001 on 22 Apr, 2006

Well, it was a new day, a new dawn and although I wasn’t exactly feeling like a new woman, I definitely felt better. The night before, Claire had woken me to tell me we were there. I had no idea where there was and it…Read More


Mauritanian Border

Written by dleannad on 04 Jul, 2006

While traveling to Nouakchott, Maritania from Dakar, Senegal by car, I did not know what to expect.First of all, we took a car that looked like a Hearst. I was the only female in the car. I was outnumbered 6 to 1. However, I did…Read More


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Part 8: Mined Over Matter

Written by HELEN001 on 22 Apr, 2006

So there you are, driving along admiring the beige and enjoying the smooth, new tarmac road when all of a sudden you have to pull out to avoid a row maybe four or five reasonably large rocks. In Mali they tend to use branches cut…Read More


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Part 7: There's More to Beige Than Meets the Eye*

Written by HELEN001 on 22 Apr, 2006

At last we were well on the way to Nouadhibou and the border with Western Sahara. Of course we didn’t leave at the crack of dawn-even though we were up then, we didn’t leave until 11:30am. Nouakchott doesn’t open until 9am and that’s it. At…Read More


Part 6: Wind? What Wind?

Written by HELEN001 on 22 Apr, 2006

Nouakchott is a very windy place apparently. In fact the name means something like ‘meeting of the winds’ or ‘place of the winds’ in Hassaniya, which is a dialect of Arabic spoken in Mauritania. In 1957 someone decided that the capital of Mauritania had to…Read More


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Part 5: Precarious Positions

Written by HELEN001 on 22 Apr, 2006

I’d tried it in the truck cab, on a mattress on the floor of a large decorated tent and on a bench in the shade, but it didn’t matter – everywhere was just too hot, uncomfortable or both to read. Not enough room for air…Read More


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Part 4: Scratching the Surface

Written by HELEN001 on 22 Apr, 2006

As we drove out of Boutilimit, groups of boys in their brilliant white Koranic school robes waved enthusiastically at us. We waved back. It was a photograph I wouldn’t let myself take. Including police checkpoints and the occasional pee stop, we’d been on the road…Read More


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Part 2: The Longest Day

Written by HELEN001 on 22 Apr, 2006

So we reached Ayoun el Atrous with Claire hungry enough to eat her own leg and me ready to trade my first-born for a truckload of drugs. I’m not usually one for praying but, as we crawled along the main street all I kept thinking…Read More


Part 1: Borderline Issues

Written by HELEN001 on 22 Apr, 2006

Yes, I know Nioro is in Mali but the Mauritanian border post is there. I gather it’s been moved some time recently and before, once through the Malian border post, there was a sort of limbo area of some miles before you reached the Mauritanian…Read More


Americans in Mauritania

Written by kdieng on 06 Mar, 2001

Believe it or not, many Mauritanians do not know that "America" or the United States exists. An odd person may have traveled to the US or watched CNN, but that's about it. No stereotypes, no preconceived notions of wealth. No one wants something…Read More


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