Nouadhibou and Mauritania in general is deep affected by poverty.
There are two major districts where porr people live. The one north after Numerowat and this one in the "ville". On your way from the Friday’s mosque and the rail track this is what you find. Little houses made of whatever comes to hand. The desert here is a constant presence and with that sand interferes with the landscape melting away soil and metal houses.
Numerowat district is north the city centre. Its the place where almost every one lives and has few official facilities or business officies which all are south in "ville".
From the pic you can notice the aeroport tower on the left side.
Fondest memory: To get there is very easy just get a cab and say "Numero". The cab will cost you about 30UM or 50UM depending the place where you get it and howl distant you are.
Well I think this little friend is not hungry at all. He lives right by the sea near the fishermen.
This photo is on the fishermen's market near the Port Artisanal of Nouadhibou.
On this market you can find all sorts of things fishermen usually need. Some groceries stores can also be found.
Mauritanian coast is indeed beautiful. Although garbage can be found everywhere making you feel a bit unconfortable. Much of the garbage come directly from foreign boats that say in the port for a few days.
Fondest memory: The unpolluted waters off the coast of Mauritania provide some of the richest fishing grounds in the world, yet it is only in the last 20 years that the country has realized the economic significance of its natural asset. Since the late ?80s, the fisheries sector has been growing steadily, and in 1998, the government defined a development strategy to manage the resources and integrate the sector into the national economy.
Mauritania has some of the richest fishing grounds in the world, making the fishing sector a basic pillar in the country’s economy.
Overfishing, inefficiency and mismanagement of the sector have negatively affected both pelagic and higher-value cephalopod fishing inducing the government to privatize 65% of the sector under the Société Mauritanienne de Commercialization du Poisson (SMCP), which was given monopoly over cephalopod and other important resources.
Here in Nouadhibou like also in all Mauritania, you'll have to share your space on the street with goats. They eat everything tehy find. People have goats in their house has an investiment. Goats are useful for milk and meat for who ever eat meat and drinks dairy produce of course.
Fondest memory: past info on goats in Mauritania:
Rift Valley fever epizootic in small ruminants in southern Mauritania (October 1993): risk of extensive outbreaks.
Zeller HG, Akakpo AJ, Ba MM.
Institut Pasteur, Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Following the 1987 Rift Valley fever (RVF) epizootic/epidemic in southern Mauritania, RVF antibody prevalence in small ruminants decreased significantly from 1988 to 1992. In October 1993, at the end of the rainy season, an active RVF virus transmission was detected in several locations of southern Mauritania in small ruminants, in association with an increase of abortions. RVF IgM and IgG antibodies were recorded respectively in 65/390 (16.67%) and 73/390 (18.72%) animals. RVF IgM antibody prevalence was significantly higher in the > or = 2 years old group (26.02%) than in the 0.5- 2 year old group (7.20%) (p = 0.01). The enzootic maintenance of RVF virus is discussed, as well as the risks of extension by traditional nomadic movements of herds.
House near the Boulevar Median. This scenery is typical in Mauritania. Old houses along with dirt streets maybe with a herd of goats, children playing football, some garbage on the floor of course and not forgetting a Mercedes 190.
Anywhere you go in Nouadhibou you can see a ol mercedes from the late 80's.
Artisanal fishing is one of the main income sources for Mauritanian households. The government now invests in new centres for this industry in southern Mauritania, to facilitate education, fishing and marketing. Also the environment is to be safeguarded.
In June 2002, the construction work of a new artisanal fishing harbour in Nouadhibou - in the far north - was inaugurated. Representatives of the Ministry of Fisheries visited several Imraguen villages in the northern Banc d'Arguin national park.
Favorite thing: Senegalese district after ?ville? near the rail tracks. Senegalese are a very important part of Mauritania. Although deeply discriminated by white moors, they are very important economically. All fishermen are Senegalese, either Wolof or Poular. Lots of other commercial goods are sold and brought from Senegal.
this is a big view of the harbor near the frozen fish market. Its taken in front of the Bank in Boulevar Median after the DHL building. The DHL store has big importance for people here as a pointing place or a meeting point.
Before the water you can notice the fishermen market where all sorts of fishing utilities can be bought.
Favorite thing: This warehouse is right in front of Friday's mosque in "ville" district. Nouadhibou is the economic capital of Mauritania and it?s a very busy city in terms of business. It never stops. You can see business being made all time everywhere
Favorite thing: Contrasts of colors are very easy to find here and in almost Saharan countries. Blue is often used in Mauritania. It connects to the sea which consists in a very important economic income of the country.
More than 400 vessels are left around the coast of Nouadhibou. They are the proof of useless NGO's and other international helps. Money was spent in nice new ships and given to people who could not sail. Millions of dollars are in these projects. Some ships have sailed less than one year.
It gave the opportunity to foreign factory-ships to come along the Mauritanian coast and over fish the fauna.
I don't know whether I could see such an old truck in such a bad condition. I wonder what a paleontologist could say after a carbon 14 datation test.
I saw that riding on the road.
Not only vessels are resting in a cimeterry. I found in Nouadhibou the largest shoe trash!
Like everywhere in Mauritania, people leave their trash everywhere.