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The ICRC in Mauritania

In Mauritania, the ICRC focuses on boosting detainee welfare, restoring family links between Malian refugees and their families, supporting health services, supplying drinking water, promoting international humanitarian law and helping the Mauritanian Red Crescent develop its emergency response. See full overview.

Facts and Figures

In 2013, the ICRC:

  • visited more than 1,500 detainees during 51 visits to 23 places of detention;
  • repaired and upgraded the water-distribution and sanitation systems in 4 prisons: Nouakchott, Rosso, Aleg and Nouadhibou;
  • renovated and expanded the Bassikounou health centre so that it can now accommodate 67 patients;
  • launched a project to repair the water-supply system in Bassikounou (population: 15,000);
  • gave 74 army, navy and air-force officers talks on international humanitarian law in the course of 3 events at training and operational units;
  • held seven talks for a total of 201 army and police personnel to raise awareness about international human rights law.