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30 May 2018 description

Can negotiating safe travel corridors across national borders help the Sahel's pastoralists survive intensifying drought?

By Zoe Tabary and Valeria Cardi

R'KIZ, Mauritania, May 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Chronic fatigue, weight loss and lingering sadness. Mohammed Elmouved does not need a doctor to diagnose his symptoms.

"It's my animals," said the livestock owner, at a dusty herders' camp in R'Kiz, on the edge of the Mauritanian desert.

18 Apr 2018 description

MAFOUNDOU, Mauritania, April 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every year when the pastoralist men in Fatima Demba's Mauritanian village return from their months-long journey to find pastures and water, the women erupt in wild celebrations.

"We draw henna tattoos on our bodies, we braid our hair, we wear our nicest clothes," she said, re-adjusting her bright yellow and blue robe.

Yet although she longs for her husband to come home, Demba sees one benefit in his absence.

23 Mar 2018 description

by Nellie Peyton | @nelliepeyton | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:20 GMT

"The repression is getting worse and worse"

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anti-slavery activists in Mauritania are increasingly being arrested and protests banned as the state tightens restrictions on human rights groups, activists and organisations said on Thursday.

Slavery is a historical practice in Mauritania, which became the last country worldwide to legally abolish it in 1981.

06 Mar 2017 description

"People think sometimes that insurance is the solution for everything. It is not correct"

By Alex Whiting

LONDON, March 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More developing countries urgently need insurance to cushion their farmers against weather extremes that can worsen poverty, but it is no magic bullet to ward off the escalating impacts of climate change, experts say.

The burning question of how to stop drought becoming a major crisis - especially in Africa - has caused many to eye insurance as a possible answer.

02 Mar 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:01 GMT

Author: Kieran Guilbert

NOUAKCHOTT, March 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Terrified of being dragged out of university and thrown into civil war like many of his fellow students, 23-year-old Amer fled Syria, hoping for a new life free of suffering and strife.

Read the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

02 Feb 2016 description

Author: Katie Nguyen

LONDON, Feb 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mauritania has some of West Africa's richest fishing waters yet overfishing by foreign trawlers means that hundreds of pirogues, or wooden canoes used by small-scale fishermen, must go further out to sea to net ever smaller catches.

Fishing is an important part of the mostly desert country's economy, accounting for 7 percent of gross domestic product and providing about 40,000 jobs, according to the World Bank.