“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Mauritania, The Forgotten Revolt.

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Mauritania is often forgotten about, but its people are up in arms too, Reuters explains things:

“NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) – Hundreds of people took to the streets in Mauritania on Friday calling for better living conditions and more jobs in the vast, impoverished desert nation that straddles black and Arab Africa.

Such demonstrations are rare in the West African country and few expect to see protests on the scale of those that have rocked Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and to a lesser extent, neighbouring Algeria.

A handful in the crowd of 1,000-1,500 mostly young people who took part in the peaceful protest demanded the departure of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, but they were in the minority and there was only a light security presence.

“The president has to respect his people. Aziz has always said he’s the president of the poor; now the poor are in front of you asking for dialogue,” said Mocktar Mohammed Mahmoud, a social worker who said he had got involved through Facebook.

“There is no party behind us, there is no particular tribe behind this. We are behind you in your war against terrorism but you’ve got to stand behind us in our war against hunger.”

Abdel Aziz came to power first in a 2008 coup and then won an election in 2009, which has largely restored stability to the nation but failed to bridge the gap between the mostly rich Arab elite and the largely poorer African classes. “

Yahoo has more:

“The United Nations Development Program indicates the life expectancy for Mauritanians is 57.3 years.

* The U.N. Human Development Index ranks Mauritania 136th out of 169 countries, placing it high among the countries rated as having low human development. It is rated below Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia, all North African countries that have experienced protests and uprisings in the past two months.

* Half the population relies on agriculture and livestock, and the country is rich in iron ore, its main export. Fishing is a major, though threatened, resource and oil reserves have not materialized to the extent expected. “

Written by modernityblog

01/03/2011 at 02:22

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  1. One of the leading twitterers throughout all the uprisings from Tunisia on has been Mauritanian blogger Nasser Weddady. His tweets are here.

    Kellie Strøm

    01/03/2011 at 02:43

  2. thanks Kellie, am now following him 🙂


    01/03/2011 at 02:54

  3. Another Mauritanian micro-blogger for you: @abbassbraham.

    Kellie Strøm

    01/03/2011 at 03:09

  4. Really interesting article. I hadn’t heard of Nasser Weddady or abbassbraham, they both sound pretty impressive.


    01/03/2011 at 13:15

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