Mauritania

Ivorian immigrant in Tripoli: “We blacks are brutalized because of our skin colour”

 
Sub-Saharan African immigrants living in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, are greatly suffering from the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government and the arrival of anti-Gaddafi forces. One illegal immigrant from the Ivory Coast told FRANCE 24 that opposition fighters attack every black person they come across, because they think they are mercenaries working for the former regime. Read his account…
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Why Mauritanian brides marry in black

In the West and most Arab countries, women traditionally celebrate their marriage in white, a symbol of purity. Black, meanwhile, is reserved for funerals. Not so in Mauritania. Find out why…

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French-speaking students protest pro-Arabic reforms

On March 24 and 25, hundreds of French-speaking Mauritanian students staged a protest at the University of Nouakchott to protest government plans to "arabize" the county’s school system and administration. According to the students, the march degenerated into a violent riot after police barred them from exiting the university compound and fired teargas into the building. Read more...

Nouakchott’s bloodless coup seen by an expat

Not even a year and a half since he came into power, the first ever democratically elected president since Mauritania's independence in 1960 was ousted in a coup on Wednesday. Our Observer in Nouakchott tells us about her experiences of the day. Read more...

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