Flee the quicksand of the Sahara desert, due to climate change – BBC News
BBC News released this video clip, titled “Fleeing the quicksand of the Sahara Desert, due to climate change – BBC News” – below is their description.
In northern Mauritania, people are witnessing the impact of climate change.
Rising temperatures and desertification are devastating communities and many are forced to leave their ancestral homes in search of a better life.
BBC Life at 50C examines the impact of extreme weather conditions on communities around the world.
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In this story: Mauritania
About 90% of Mauritanian land is in the Sahara; therefore, the population is concentrated in the south, where rainfall is slightly higher.
The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast, which is home to around a third of the country’s 4 million inhabitants.
The country’s official religion is Islam, with almost all of the population being Sunni Muslims. Arabic is the official language, with French also being widely used due to its colonial history.