Nouakchott - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Yes, see above. - Aug 2021

Not noticeable except what I mentioned above. - Aug 2021

Mauritanians are very welcoming people and are ready to help newcomers to the community. It is a conservative country but people of different backgrounds can call it home too. - Sep 2020

I feel there are significant ethnic issues. Mauritanian women are quite strong both within the family and within society. - Apr 2019

YES. - May 2016

Yes, yes, and yes. Slavery was outlawed in the 1980s. The vestiges of slavery still exist. - Dec 2015

Yes. Racial issues are a significant problem. Slavery is still very much a problem in Mauritania. Religion is also a problem. The good old days of tolerance and moderate Islam are quickly disappearing. Christians often practice their faith in their homes. If you are expecting traditional west African moderate Islam, you will be disappointed. Airport officials, in keeping with the shift to less tolerance, have started seizing alcohol from westerners arriving at NKC - this includes searching diplomats bags. Airport "Customs" officials are charging ridiculous fines for a bottle of wine etc... For many expats, I believe this is the icing on the cake. Mauritania is already a very difficult place to live... Badgering incoming westerners will do little to improve people's interest in coming here. - Apr 2014

Among the Mauritanians there are definitely some racial prejudices, but Westerners rarely face this. - Aug 2011

Yes, there is one "international" church, but for the most part it is illegal to evangelize here, to Mauritanians especially. Racially, I don't think there is a problem. - Dec 2009

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