Village elders discuss a potential water management project in the village of Boitieck Ehel Aly in Mauritania. Just a few decades ago, the majority of Mauritanian society were nomadic herdsmen. While many Mauritanians remain mobile, communities have become increasingly sedentary, relying on agriculture for survival. Prolonged and severe drought caused by climate change has caused wide spread food insecurity. Failed rainy seasons and hunger have forced many working aged men in rural areas to migrate to the cities and abroad in search of work, leaving only women, children and the elderly to work the land, cultivate food and tend to livestock in rural villages.
Boitieck Ehel Aly, Mauritania. 05/03/2011.
- Photo © J.B. Russell
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- REPORTAGE: Climate Change in the Sahel