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leaving the capital to go to Kiffa (south-east).
We were filled up with petrol just in front of this bakery and pastry shop.
On the front steps a black hawker ; at the counter, a "White" Moorish customer.

This can be an illustration of the ethnic and social composition of the country. There are 3 ethnic groups : the "White" Moorish (Arab-berber), the "Black" Moorish (called Haratines), descended from ancient emancipated slaves and the "Negro-mauritanians" or "Negro-africans" like they're called here : people from West-Africa countries.
Each group represents about a third of the population. Black africans are a lot to live in Nouakchott.
The sociaty of Mauritania is very organized into a hierarchy : the White moorish have the power and the most important jobs in the administration and the economy ; the "Black" Moorish are subalterns and the Black africans are at the bottom and are a lot to have to beg for.
A kind of racism is behind this social organization.

In addition, despite its abolition in 1980-1981, slavery is still present, of course unsaid.
We still can see some Haratines people to be at the service of ancient "white" masters.
A complex matter, with complex structure...

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