Since conflict erupted in Mali in 2012, neighboring Mauritania has also suffered its consequences: it hosts more than 50 000 Malian refugees, half of which are children. Most of them live in Mbera camp and their families are not keen to return to their country of origin due to the persistent insecurity. As the camp is located in a particularly disadvantaged area of southeastern Mauritania with very few economic opportunities, support to both refugees and host communities continues to be crucial.
The European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department is fully committed to providing Education in Emergencies. In 2016 and 2017, the EU has provided over €1.4 million to UNICEF in Mauritania for education and child protection.
Story by Mariama Mary Fall
Photos by José Cendon