Mauritania only made slavery illegal in 1980, though the practice is still widespread - an estimated 100,000 people still being enslaved. On the short drive to Nouadhibou we saw the iron-ore train - one of the world's longest, typically being 2.3 kms long! We also had to pass several police checkpoints, two of which were in sight of each other. Recently the police shot at and wounded the President of Mauritania as the car he was driving didn't stop at a checkpoint. The police were not prosecuted as they had done the correct thing. Either side of the road were minefields. We changed money into Ouguiya, and camped.
10th December We looked around Nouadhibou. I saw a shop selling toys, and saw a realistics looking gun - not suprising - it turned out to be a real AK47 for sale. Camped.
9th December We drove to the border, exiting Morocco, then crossed approximately 3 kms of no-man's land, which was dirt track. All along were abandoned cars in various states of dilapidation. We entered Mauritania with a lot less fuss than we had in obtaining their visas.