• Short Summary

    Mauritania's President Ould Daddah opened a new Red Crescent centre at Nouakchott, the capital, on Wednesday (December 5)
    The centre was built by the mauritanian Red Crescent for about GBP 36,000 sterling (80,0000 U.

  • Description

    Mauritania's President Ould Daddah opened a new Red Crescent centre at Nouakchott, the capital, on Wednesday (December 5)
    The centre was built by the mauritanian Red Crescent for about GBP 36,000 sterling (80,0000 U.S. dollars) and incorporates a welfare and food distribution centre, as well as medical facilities.

    President Ould Daddah praised the efforts of his wife, who helped found the Mauritanian Red Crescent and holds the office of President. The Society was formed in 1970, and became the 117th member of the League of the Societies of the Red Cross.

    The Society's work has so far been primarily among Mauritania's drought-stricken nomadic population. The Society's ten committees, with a total membership of about 1,700 volunteers, have helped carry out the Government's drought aid programme.

    Mauritania is considered among the countries worst affected by the four-year drought in West Africa. Hundreds of thousands of nomads have died in the parched interior, and many have travelled to Nouakchott, on the coast.

    The drought has almost wiped out the nomad's livestock, on which they depend for their diet of meat and milk. The new Red crescent centre will provide food and milk for homeless nomads, particularly women and children.

    The Mauritanian Red Crescent also plans to establish a blood bank, school canteens, kindergartens, old people's homes, and mobile dispensing units.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9O1Q3VV3OXISSGHUW6AYQDJ0I
    Media URN:
    VLVA9O1Q3VV3OXISSGHUW6AYQDJ0I
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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