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MAURITANIA BY THE NUMBERS
SLAVERY
Population: 3.4 million
Percentage living in slavery: 10% to 20%
Enslaved population: 340,000 to 680,000
Year slavery was abolished: 1981
Year slavery became a crime: 2007
Convictions against slave owners: One
GEOGRAPHY
Area: 400,000 square miles, slightly larger than Egypt
Capital: Nouakchott
Bordered by: Mali, Senegal, Algeria, Western Sahara
Landscape: Sahara Desert, Sahel
Farmable land: 0.2%
PEOPLE
Languages: Arabic, French and regional languages
Official religion: Islam
Literacy rate: 51%
Unemployment: 30%
Population density: 8 people per square mile
ECONOMY
Percentage living on less than $2 per day: 44%
GDP (purchasing power parity): $7.2 billion, less than Haiti
GDP per capita: $2,200 (compared to $48,000 in the U.S.)
Currency: Ouguiya
POLITICS
Government: Republic (currently under military rule)
Legal system: Mix of Islamic and French civil law
President: Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Recent history: Gained independence from France in 1960. Aziz came to power in a military coup in 2008, overthrowing first democratically elected leader. Aziz was elected in 2009 as a way to validate his rule.
Sources: United Nations, Encyclopedia Britannica, CIA World Factbook, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, "Disposable People," BBC Country Profiles
MAURITANIA BY THE NUMBERS
SLAVERY
Population: 3.4 million
Percentage living in slavery: 10% to 20%
Enslaved population: 340,000 to 680,000
Year slavery was abolished: 1981
Year slavery became a crime: 2007
Convictions against slave owners: One
GEOGRAPHY
Area: 400,000 square miles, slightly larger than Egypt
Capital: Nouakchott
Bordered by: Mali, Senegal, Algeria, Western Sahara
Landscape: Sahara Desert, Sahel
Farmable land: 0.2%
PEOPLE
Languages: Arabic, French and regional languages
Official religion: Islam
Literacy rate: 51%
Unemployment: 30%
Population density: 8 people per square mile
ECONOMY
Percentage living on less than $2 per day: 44%
GDP (purchasing power parity): $7.2 billion, less than Haiti
GDP per capita: $2,200 (compared to $48,000 in the U.S.)
Currency: Ouguiya
POLITICS
Government: Republic (currently under military rule)
Legal system: Mix of Islamic and French civil law
President: Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Recent history: Gained independence from France in 1960. Aziz came to power in a military coup in 2008, overthrowing first democratically elected leader. Aziz was elected in 2009 as a way to validate his rule.
Sources: United Nations, Encyclopedia Britannica, CIA World Factbook, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, "Disposable People," BBC Country Profiles
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Y-1336's avatar
Slavery, such a disgusting word. It needs to be stopped. Period.
00ji's avatar
thanks for bringing attention, but there is slavery in the u.s, people don't notice it. It was showed in a documentary, children promised of higher education by locals and shipped or brought to the states to work as hair dressers or low labor and no one notice
yeahgirl11's avatar
I heard about that- they're also often used as indentured servants as well.
ItimChris's avatar
The numbers and culture behind it is much greater in Mauritania but your point is none the less very valid. Slavery still exist in EVERY so called first-world nations in the dark alleys and slums where filth naturally seem to accumulate but outright slavery has long been condemned and the powers that be recognize it as a crime. Mauritania slavery is the norm.
00ji's avatar
So why is Mauritania slavery is the norm, is it partly reminisce of the Sahara slave trade
ghostfinder's avatar
Oh no, THIS MUST END IN AFRICA, KONY 2012, RIGHT???
ItimChris's avatar
completely unrelated. Kony is a dead person and the person that started that rumor has been discredited.
Iiwi's avatar
I Agree, not only that there was an interview was of Kony. Remember how the video was saying he has an army of like 30,000 kids. He had 15 teenagers with him and there a rebel group against oppression, he said that whenever something happens they always blame him and that's propaganda. D: plus other evidence.
People gotta do there research before they blindly believe something ya know?

That speaking, Slavery should end, it's inhumane, unjust and not right. It's sad they abolished slavery there but there still doing it. D:

yeahgirl11's avatar
Yeah, the Kony thing never sat right with me. Now I know why. I'm not shocked- western media likes to make people look like things they really aren't.
Iiwi's avatar
I agree, I agree. I was going to spend money on the campaign and everything when someone brought some truth links to my attention and I read them all and I was shocked, because I didn't pick up on it much sooner. It tells you it's a scam and something isn't right in the whole video. it says since 2008, with no accurate data of them now in 2012 and they don't have a BBB, or they only give %31 of the money to actual IC. It's like really? There like UNICEF.

Unicef takes all the money too that is donated. Legitimate business sign up with BBB because they have to reach a standard to be listed on the BBB D:
Plus not only that, it just came out of no where? and what is really sad is that his child was saying I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE YOU. and I'm thinking..no you don't...your father is a CON man.
It never sat right with me either, but they have deceived so many people however, people should not be like IF I CLICK THIS LIKE, or DONATE MONEY I AM MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

No, that's not making a difference, because your still sitting at home and could be helping. change and help your community first by volunteering and helping build rec centers, or houses, or soup kitchens, or help churches then you can help other countries but you have to start little first, then go big.

Your right, Western Media does do that, and It's a shame.
That's why your supposed to do your research before you DIVE head first into anything or Believe something or cause.
yeahgirl11's avatar
Well thankfully you didn't give any money to that fake asshole. :XD: If you don't mind me asking, you still got the links to the Kony info you read? Someone sent me some, but I they was all youtube links, and I don't like relying on youtube for information; I've only read ONE article about the Kony scam, but that was about it. You also bring up a good point about the BBB- any REAL organization would be registered with them. And FUCK UNICEF. lol

:nod: You're totally right, just sitting there at the computer or throw out money to make themselves feel better. I've noticed that there's a total disconnect in the US about people actually doing shit when it comes to- well, actually doing shit. :XD: Look at the Wall Street movement- no one actually did anything. Out of 300,000,000 people in America, about only 2% of people actually took the time out of work or school to actually participate. People act like revolution will "just happen".
But yeah, well said. Start little and work big. :nod:

Unfortunately, a lot of people are just lazy. They don't like to think. :XD:
Iiwi's avatar
Your welcome, and HECK yeah I'm glad I didn't
I had to go in my old facebook posts glad it wasn't to old or I wouldn't have been able to find them, and then I remembered that I actually BOOK MARKED some of these, thank god.

These two links are from youtube:
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This is a Tumblr View Critically Blog of Invisible Children:
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This is another one from international blog:
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and this is a dicussion forum on the matter:
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There was another one about the UGANDA NEWS, talking about it, but I lost that one.

Mmhmm Mmhmm.

In order to find out if these "DONATE TO HELP" are really "LEGIT" you have to know what there doing on the INSIDE. Which means like Research, check there for yourself, VOLUNTEER there and you will learn some truths. I was watching the video and it had all those people looking SO UNHAPPY when they were folding those shirts and making the campaign stuff, but if your saying children wouldn't you be happy? Yeah D: that was fishy as well. It's not even the fact they looked unhappy they looked miserable. like, dang I don't wanna be here and that was also a sign.

Mmhmm. that is correct, US is so greedy about there money but they always want to give and take but never give only take D: It can't be that way anymore.

I agree, they are just lazy and don't want to think, or get off there lazy bootays, and help at a soup kitchen.

If I find that Uganda news one, I'll let you know but I think if you type in google UGANDA NEWS KONY 2012 YOU should find it, it gives better depth of it. The Uganda president says if something like this happened in Uganda you think we wouldn't have stopped it already? There is RESOURCES in UGANDA that America wants to take and if they keep supporting kony that will allow the US to go in and murder and steal resources, that's the only reason, for them to take oil.
yeahgirl11's avatar
Thank God indeed.:XD: Thank you so much! :glomp: The only way to get any REAL news is to go to independent news sources- that one news source link you have is really good. ;)

I agree- that's why I'm always extremely hesitant to give any money to most charities- you don't know where the money actually goes. LOL Wow they all looked unhappy? That's a total giveaway. :rofl:

Pretty much- the US has been an imperialist nation for a very long time. It pretty much took over Europe's role, complete with racism. lol All empires fall eventually though.

Cool, if you ever do find it, I'd SUPER appreciate it. Haha, that's EXACTLY what I said! This supposed "war" in Uganda has been going on for almost 30 years- where the hell was America then? It was busy with the Gulf War (I should know- my father served in it, and he even told me that Bin Laden warned America to leave them alone). I don't support a police state, but America need to put its money where it's mouth is. I hardly think the US was ever a role model for the world, as much as people like to believe it is. You're right- they are after the resources in Uganda. The US is already taking oil from several other African nations, and Apple products get their materials from the Congo. It's really sad.
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ghostfinder's avatar
Oh, then what this is about for slavery?
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