El Mina, Mauritania

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El Mina
Commune and city
El Mina is located in Mauritania
El Mina
El Mina
Location in Mauritania
Coordinates: 19°26′N 15°21′W / 19.433°N 15.350°W / 19.433; -15.350
Country  Mauritania
Region Nouakchott
 • Total 95,011
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

El Mina is a suburb of Nouakchott and urban commune in western Mauritania. It has a population of 95,011.[1]

El Mina has a bad reputation in Mauritania. It is considered one of the poorest parts of the city and is known for its prostitution. It is mainly inhabited by the descendants of slaves. [2] The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance visited El Mina in 2008. [3]


Coordinates: 19°26′N 15°21′W / 19.433°N 15.350°W / 19.433; -15.350