Rural exodus disrupts social order in Mauritania

MEZEIN TERCHITT/NOUAKCHOTT, 16 January 2014 (IRIN) – For decades in the Sahel, working-age men have left their rural villages to find work in regional towns or capital cities, returning to plant or harvest crops when possible. Mauritania is no exception, but the phenomenon is particularly pronounced here, say several aid agencies, with village after village devoid of working-age men, a dynamic that is starting to have other social implications.