Mauritania is a surprising transition between Maghreb and the rest of Africa. Travelling through the desert regions of Mauritania, you will feel like being lost at the end of the world. Then, after having travelled for hours in a packed vehicle, under an overwhelming heat, you will finally reach a Moorish tent or a Fulani camp, in the middle of nowhere. You will feel the strength and dignity of the nomads living in Mauritania. They undoubtedly inspire feelings of respect and admiration.
Mauritania is also a country of particular interest because of its ethnic diversity. Population, firmly rooted in tribes, is divided between Black people and Arab people. But this ethnic diversity doesn't exist without problems. Mauritania is one of the last countries in the world where there are still slavery practices, even though it was officially abolished. Racism and social domination of the white Moors on black ethnic groups could not be more obvious.