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Mauritania: Black Mauritanians Fear for their Citizenship as Census Proceeds

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Mauritania, Ethnicity & Race, Governance, Youth

Bakari Guèye in Magharebia reports that the city of Kaedi erupted into violence [1] on September 24 and 30, 2011, because the black community feared that the census would be used as a discriminatory tool to relegate them to second class citizen status. Babacar Justin Ndiaye explains that only Black Mauritanians are asked to produce documentation [2] [fr] that would justify their Mauritanian citizenship.