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Corridor to the future? Mauritania's nomadic herders seek safe passage through drought

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 06:30 GMT

Pastoralists and their herd stop at a water point in Mauritania's Trarza region, April 1, 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Zoe Tabary

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Mauritania’s pastoralists have for centuries moved their cattle and goats across the Sahel in search of pasture, but worsening drought is making that ever harder, threatening a way of life and producing growing conflict.

But an innovative effort to negotiate pastoralist corridors that give herders a safe way to travel across national boundaries with their animals – and persuade those along the way that the herders bring more benefits than threats – could protect an age-old way of life.

Corridor to the Future?
Mauritania's nomadic herders seek safe passage through drought

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