|Hawker beechcraft, plane and pilots from South Africa|
Tuesday 22 march we board this small plane (19 seats) in Nouakchott towards the village of Bassikounou. It will be approximately two hours flight to Nema, small stop of 30 minutes to fuel and another 30 minutes flight.
|Re-fueling at the airport in Nema|
Nema is a ghost airport.
|Aid workers from different organisations|
|security briefing with Coronel Jileni Abdelli|
|first meal at Bassikounou|
|young and old water the vegetable gardens twice a day|
The local population in this area of Mauritania suffers regularly from famine and their conditions of living are as fragile as the refugee ones, the only difference being of course, that they're in their home land and they have their national papers. Many of this population have cattle 8 cows, goats, sheep and camels. The refugee camp has brought some amelioration in their lifes, we'll see that further along.
We were visiting late March and we could see aubergines, tomatoes, carrots, and other vegetables growing, lots of mint that it is used in the tea making. But at the end of April the heat will be so strong that nothing will grow until November/ December.
|adult literacy classes|
|Children form everywhere love being drawn|
|view of the camp and children|
This is the last drawing of this first day. A motorbike quickly done. We're not used to listen to motos in Mauritania, they're just starting to be seen in Nouakchott but they're still rare. On the contrary Maliens love them. And they're all over the country and now you hear them and see them in M'bera camp and in Bassikounou.