Mauritania: Fatal Division

Fatal Division

Border disputes between Senegal and its northern neighbor Mauritania are not unusual, thanks to the fondness of Mauritanian camels for Senegalese grass. Thus when two Senegalese peasants were shot near the village of Diawara last week the incident seemed unremarkable. But, fanned by the Senegalese media, the deaths ignited long-smoldering ethnic and social tensions between the black Senegalese and the Mauritanian Moors. More than 200 died when civilians from both countries attacked one another in border towns as well as in Senegal's capital, Dakar, and in Mauritania's two major cities. Each country used its army to restore order.

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