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CCTV’s epic journey through the Sahara begins in Mauritania. But before making our way to the desert, we explore the capital city’s famous fish market. Right on the shores of the North Atlantic, Nouakchott’s ‘Port de Peche' is a vibrant scene of colourful sights, sounds and smells, as Lindy Mtongana discovers.
Second part of the Mauritania adventure trip : a short visit to the market of Atar for some provisions, then to the hidden Oasis of Terjit for a quick shower, then again through sandy and rocky desert and thru the Amojjar high pass, with heavy military escort due to the proximity to dangerous borders . Old french forts and paleo graffiti in the mountains caves, and then downward to the Holy City of Cinquetti. its world famous library of medieval manuscripts and its historical rundown buildings
In 2011, a severe lack of rainfall led to drought in Mauritania. Crop production fell. Families and livestock went hungry.Malnutrition rates were high; up to 22 per cent in Brakna region.The Mauritanian Red Crescent and IFRC responded, supporting 28 women's cooperatives. Seeds, technical expertise and tools were provided. Vegetable gardens now flourish in the desert.
Mauritania's endless sea of sand dunes hides an open secret: An estimated 10% to 20% of the population lives in slavery.
Thousands of Syrian refugees have made their way to Africa - mostly to countries such as Egypt, Libya and Algeria. But some have gone a little further west, and taken refuge in Mauritania. Compared with home, the country is a haven. But their struggle is far from over. CCTV's Zhang Cheng has spent time with one Syrian family who made the journey. He filed this special report
Nouakchott (/nwɑːkˈʃɒt/, Arabic: نواكشوط Nuwākshūṭ, originally derived from Berber Nawākšūṭ, "place of the winds") is the capital and by far the largest city of Mauritania. It is one of the largest cities in the Sahara. The city is the administrative and economic centre of Mauritania. Nouakchott was a small village of little importance until 1958, when it was chosen as the capital of the nascent nation of Mauritania. It was designed and built to accommodate 15,000 people, but droughts since the 1970s have displaced a vast number of Mauritanians, who resettled in Nouakchott. This caused rapid urban growth and overcrowding, with the city having an estimated population of 2 million in 2008 despite the official figures being under a million. The resettled population inhabited slum areas unde...
Mauritania's rich fishery resources benefit both the local economy and the people. As a country that boasts more than 700-kilometers of coastline and resourceful waters, Mauritania catches around 3 million tons of fish every year and as many as 300 fish species are amongst the country's annual catch. The average annual revenue of the nation's fishing industry amounts to 300 million U.S. dollars, 20 percent of the national revenue, according to statistics. Apart from its positive impact on the national economy, the fishery industry also alleviates the problem of food shortages and unemployment in the country. Local fishermen said that not only can they earn 20 U.S. dollars every day from selling fish at local markets but they can also benefit from exporting their fish abroad. Althou...
Mauritania is helping its tens of thousands of urban poor by creating job opportunities where there once were none. A microfinance program is giving small loans to inner city residents to start small businesses, most of them run by women.... For more information, please visit: World Bank in Africa http://go.worldbank.org/VJ7PSXVTP0 World Bank in Mauritania http://go.worldbank.org/8UVB0HXY90