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‘There are snakes – but we attack the fires’: refugees fight flames in the Sahara
Malian volunteers from a huge camp in Mauritania work tirelessly to put out blazes that threaten homes and land – and all without using water

Nick Roll in Bassikounou, photographs by Guy Peterson

08, Aug, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘Children were hunted by armed men’: Malians seek safety in Mauritania
Thousands have exchanged fighting between government forces, jihadists and mercenaries linked to Russia, for the meagre security of border camps

Nick Roll in M’bera, Mauritania. Photographs by Guy Peterson/The Guardian

08, Jul, 2022 @6:15 AM

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Fish oil and fishmeal industry harming food security in west Africa, warns UN
Campaigners say the sector leads to overexploitation of stocks while pushing up prices and aggravating local unemployment

Karen McVeigh

10, Feb, 2022 @6:15 AM

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‘I’d never seen a boat come in with so many bodies’: mortal cost of Atlantic migrant route
Every year thousands of refugees from conflict, climate and instability in Africa board vessels in search of a new life in Europe but hundreds never arrive

Sam Jones in Gran Canaria

08, Aug, 2021 @7:00 AM

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My Brother’s Keeper: a former Guantánamo detainee, his guard and their unlikely friendship - Guardian documentary
Mohamedou Ould Salahi and one of his former guards, Steve Wood, reunite in Mauritania 13 years after last seeing each other, rekindling an unlikely relationship that profoundly changed their lives.

Laurence Topham, Lindsay Poulton, Tom Silverstone, Charlie Phillips and Mustafa Khalili

23, Feb, 2021 @10:00 AM

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West Africa facing food crisis as coronavirus spreads
Pandemic adds to jihadi and climate change threats to present ‘immense challenge’ for region

Emmanuel Akinwotu West Africa correspondent

15, May, 2020 @4:20 PM

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Guantánamo Diary author 'blocked from travelling for medical treatment'
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was released from Guantánamo Bay in 2016 after 14 years in detention without charge, has been refused a passport to leave Mauritania

Alison Flood

01, Mar, 2019 @1:44 PM

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Jail fear prevents women in Mauritania from filing rape complaints, study finds
Campaigners demand change to law that means survivors of sexual violence can be imprisoned for adultery

Ruth Maclean, west Africa correspondent

06, Sep, 2018 @10:44 AM

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Mauritanian presidential hopeful arrested amid fears of political foul play
Campaigners voice concern over imprisonment of anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid on eve of legislative elections

Kate Hodal

09, Aug, 2018 @2:35 PM

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The unspeakable truth about slavery in Mauritania
Though outlawed, slavery persists in Mauritania. Photojournalist Seif Kousmate spent a month there photographing and talking to people touched by its blight

08, Jun, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Dawit L Petros's best photograph: a shipwrecked Japanese trawler
‘We’re used to seeing overcrowded vessels from Africa washing up on the shores of Europe. But here was one that had travelled the other way’

Interview by Karin Andreasson

17, May, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Wheat in heat: the 'crazy idea' that could combat food insecurity
Durum wheat varieties can withstand 40C heat along the Senegal River basin, and could produce 600,000 tonnes of food

Mark Hillsdon

23, Mar, 2018 @7:00 AM

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