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Mauritania Travel and Tourism

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Mauritania , officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in northwest Africa. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, by Senegal on the southwest, by Mali on the east and southeast, by Algeria on the northeast, and by the Morocco-controlled Western Sahara on the northwest. It is named after the ancient Berber kingdom of Mauretania. The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast. The civilian government of Mauritania was overthrown on 6 August 2008, in a military coup d'état led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. On April 16, 2009, General Aziz resigned from the military to run for president in the upcoming June elections. In Mauritania about 20 % of the population live on less than US$ 1.25 per day.

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Educating Adolescent Girls in Support of Community Development in Mauritania - Nouakchott
Educating Adolescent Girls in Support of Community Development in Mauritania To improve the lives of adolescent girls in Mauritania through Contributing to the Government of Mauritania's efforts to reduce gender and regional disparities in terms of education and future opportunities Contributing to an equitable and sustainable development by reinforcing the capacity and participation of girls in the social economic and political life of the country Specific objectives in the four target regions are to: improve environment of 28 secondary schools particularly in terms of hygiene facilitate access to secondary school for girls through materials increase registration of girls in secondary school from 3,540 (1999) to 5000 reduce by 50% the drop out rate at secondary school leve...

The big picture of Mauritania - Nouakchott
The big picture of Mauritania Nearly half of the world's population, almost 3 billion people, are under the age of 25. Among the total population of adolescents, 1.3 billion are in developing countries and over 500 million of them are adolescent girls. Adolescence is a period of transition between childhood into adulthood and for analytic purposes can be segmented into three stages: early (10-13 years of age), middle (14-16), and late (17-19) adolescents. This is a critical time in life because the experiences, knowledge and skills acquired in adolescence have important implications for an individual's prospects in adulthood. UNICEF places particular attention to reaching the most disadvantaged and marginalized adolescents, protecting their ...

During Trip of Mauritania it is always advisable to Travel in Convoy - Nouakchott
During Trip of Mauritania it is always advisable to Travel in Convoy It is always advisable to travel in convoy so that you can help each other. Vehicles have to be equipped with steel plates to get them out of sand traps. On softer sand the tyre pressure of the vehicles should be lowered to present a larger contact area and on harder ground the tyres should be pumped up again. If traveling at 80km/hr, you could cover the distance to Nouakchott with only one night in the desert. There is also evidence that it is now possible to drive north from Mauritania to Morocco. On our way south we met a German and a Swiss person at Guergguarat, on the Moroccan side of the border who had just driven north from Mauritania and they had traveled north without a guide. The border crossing at Ro...

Mauritania is still mainly a cash only country - Nouakchott
Mauritania is still mainly a cash only country Mauritania is still mainly a cash only country. You did not see any ATM's. For cash and TC's you get the best rates in Nouakchott. In Nouadhibou it is quite difficult to change travelers cheques; they try to get up to 15% commission, so you need to bargain a bit on that or change your TC's in the capital. Except in a few serious exchange bureau's (not the ones in the market!) in Nouakchott, bargaining on rates seems to be necessary. High season is from October to March; At that time about 20 Western overland-jeeps a day cross into Mauritania from Morocco plus there are a number of charter flight arrivals. During the summer months there are almost no tourists (less than 1 overland car a day crosses the border). ...

Culture and the arts in Mauritania - Nouakchott
Culture and the arts in Mauritania Culture and the arts in Mauritania The music Mauritania's traditional music has almost no relation to arab music. In the Maure's environment the music is mostly influenced by music from Sudan, West Africa, Baramba and Soniké. In all Mauritania, in arab and negro african circles, the music is the affair of the griots, special castes and hereditary. Neither colonization, nor the exposure to the world really changed this fact. In arab, maure, or griots societies they sing mostly poems in the classic arabic language which sometimes originates from pre-Islamic sources and also poems written in Hassania. Wether they are epic poems or poems about love and romance the songs are accompanied by a traditional instru...