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-Sud
 • 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]


  1. ^ "Commune Collectivités urbaines à vocation industrielle et commerciale". République Islamique de Mauritanie:Communes de Mauritanie. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ Blauer, E.; Lauré, J. (2008). Mauritania. Marshall Cavendish Benchmark. p. 75. ISBN 9780761431169. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "Refworld – Report submitted by the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Doudou Diène : addendum : mission to Mauritania : preliminary note". refworld.org. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 

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