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2015-08-31 A Silent Tragedy in the Sahel
[IFRC] Since the failure of last year's harvest, Lamanara Diallo faces a daily struggle to feed his family. The 67-year-old farmer living in the village of Sitouama in eastern Senegal, cannot remember the last time he went to bed without worrying what he was going to do the next day to feed his wife and his seven children.

2015-08-27 Travel Package for Mauritania
[SAFA] SAFA has put together a travel package for those intending to go and watch Bafana Bafana play Mauritania. The match will take place on Saturday, 5 September 2015 in the capital, Nouakchott and kicks off at 19h00 SA time.

2015-08-25 Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Concludes Working Visit to Mauritania
[SA Govt] At the invitation of Her Excellency Vatma Vall Mint Soueina, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Her Excellency Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, undertook a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on 24 August 2015.

2015-08-24 Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Undertakes Working Visits to Mauritania and Niger, 24 to 25 August
[SA Govt] International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will undertake a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the Republic of Niger, respectively, from 24 to 25 August 2015.

2015-08-24 Court Upholds Imprisonment of Anti-Slavery Activists in Mauritania
[IFEX] This statement was originally published on freedomhouse.org on 20 August 2015.

2015-08-21 Jailed Anti-Slavery Activist to Boycott Court Hearing
[RFI] A former slave who stood for the presidency of Mauritania is due back in court Thursday. Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, an award-winning activist, is appealing against a two-year prison sentence along with two colleagues. But the activists declared they would boycott the hearing into charges of rebellion and public disobedience in the town of Aleg.

2015-08-21 Petition to Free Mauritanian Anti-Slavery Activist Gains Momentum
[The Daily Vox] A petition at online campaign site Avaaz, calling for the release of Mauritanian anti-slavery activist BIRAM DAH ABEID, has garnered almost a million signatures in the week since it was launched. Now Abeid, who was imprisoned in November, has written an open letter on slavery in his country, from his prison cell.

2015-08-21 Court Upholds Conviction of Anti-Slave Activists
[Al Jazeera] A Mauritanian court has upheld a two-year prison sentence against three anti-slavery activists who were arrested during a protest against bondage in the west African nation.

2015-08-21 Mauritania - UN Expert Welcomes New Anti-Slavery Law, Says Effective Enforcement Is Key
[UN News] While applauding the adoption of a new anti-slavery law in Mauritania that doubles, from 10 to 20 years, the maximum prison sentence for slavery crimes and creates special prosecution tribunals for slavery-like practices, a United Nations expert today cautioned that "this welcome development needs to be followed by its full implementation."

2015-08-20 Bafana Squad to Face Mauritania Announced
[CAJ News] Johannesburg -Senior men's national soccer team coach, Ephraim Mashaba, has selected a 25-man squad for the 2017 Orange AfricaCup of Nations qualifier against Mauritania.

2015-08-19 Anti-Slavery Law Threatened By NGO Crackdown Plan - Activists
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Mauritania's new anti-slavery law could be undermined by proposed legislation threatening the freedom of non-governmental organisations which act on behalf of victims and a lack of political and judicial will to end the practice, activists said.

2015-08-20 Mashaba Announces Squad to Face Mauritania
[SAFA] Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba has selected a 25-man squad for the 2017 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritania.

2015-08-17 Mauritanian Flees Slavery in Africa for Life in Germany
[Deutsche Welle] Ahmet Falla, a soft-spoken 20-year-old from Mauritania, doesn't want to spend his life in slavery like his mother did. He wants to live in freedom. He hopes to find it in a small town in northeast Germany.

2015-08-11 UN Rights Expert Urges Mauritania to Repeal Bill Threatening Civil Society Groups
[UN News] A United Nations human rights expert today called upon the Mauritanian Parliament to reject a draft law on civil society associations that, without public consultations, was approved last month by the Council of Ministers.

2015-08-11 EU Helps WFP Avoid Suspension of Food Support for Mali Refugees in Mauritania
[WFP] "This significant contribution from ECHO comes at a critical time, helping us move 270 metric tons of rice and 72 tons of pulses to maintain our food assistance, albeit at a reduced level, for Malian refugees in the Mbera camp. It's an essential contribution to stave off hunger among the refugees, but we are very concerned that without additional international support, deeper or complete cuts will be inevitable, as of October," said Janne Suvanto, WFP Country Director in Mauritania.

2015-08-10 The Thin Line Between Labour Exploitation and Human Trafficking
[ISS] A prominent women's organisation in Mauritania, l'Association des Femmes Chefs de Famille, has raised the alarm about the apparent dire situation of over 200 young women who had travelled to Saudi Arabia to do domestic work, and are said to be maltreated by their employers.

2015-08-07 Ex-CBK Boss Loses Tatu City Cases in Mauritius
[The Star] Kenyan shareholders in the huge Tatu City housing project are fighting among themselves in Mauritius where former Central Bank of Kenya Governor Nahashon Nyagah has just lost two court cases.

2015-08-06 Female Weightlifters and Swimmer Harvest Seven More Gold Medals At the Indian Ocean Island Games
[Seychelles News Agency] After remaining on one gold medal during the first three days of competition at the 9th Indian Ocean Island Games being held in Reunion, Seychelles' tally of gold has now gone up to eight.

2015-08-03 AU Commission Chairperson Sends Best Wishes to African Athletes Participating in the Indian Ocean Island Games
[African Union] Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - -The African Union Commission Chairperson H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has sent a message of best wishes to all African athletes, coaches, team officials, volunteers and organizers of the Island States participating in the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) in Reunion Island, from the 1st to the 9th of August 2015.

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