Talk:Mauritania–Senegal Border War

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Merge suggestion[edit]

Someone has suggested 1989 events in Mauritania and Senegal be merged into this article. I would suggest that while these topics contain much overlap, the internal ethnic conflict and refugee crisis of the 1989 events in Mauritania and Senegal might be renamed to show the existing focus of that article is on Mauritania, and the events which caused a massive refugee outpouring into Senegal. This article, the Mauritania–Senegal_Border_War is one consequence of that crisis, but only one, and should remain a separate article. Should the other article be renamed 1989 events in Mauritania or 1989 ethnic conflict in Mauritania or 1989 Mauritanian refugee crisis? Suggestions and difference of opinion can only help here! T L Miles (talk) 18:53, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

In the interim, someone has both combined these articles (without discussion or even edit summaries) and then removed large sections of them, specifically removing anything referencing skin-color based conflict. I'm tempted to just revert several years of edits, as this thing now is almost worse than having no article at all (and for the riots, mass killings, ethnic violence etc in Mauritania that sparked this war, there IS no article). See changes here. All in all, this is an unreferenced POV nationalist mess. T L Miles (talk) 16:29, 21 May 2012 (UTC)
Agreed. The current article, even with the incorporation of the French article, still fails to mention a lot of the later violence. I'll try and expand these sections. MrPenguin20 (talk) 03:32, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Possible way out of this mess of an article[edit]

Take a look at fr:Conflit_sénégalo-mauritanien, the French language equivalent of this. It is short and does not fully cover the territory, but it is a neutral, well referenced, start. A complete wipe-out of the current English article and its replacement by a translation of the French article would be a good start. Below is the quite useful bibliography of the French language article (which contains English language sources).


  • J. V. Magistro, « Crossing Over: Ethnicity and Transboundary Conflict in the Senegal River Valley », Cahiers d'études africaines, XXXIII-2 (130), p. 201-232
  • R. Parker, « The Senegal-Mauritania Conflict of 1989: a Fragile Equilibrium », Journal of Modern African Studies, n° 29, 1 (1991), p. 155-171
  • Livre blanc sur le différend avec le Sénégal, Nouakchott, République Islamique de Mauritanie, 1989, 79 p. (supplément Chaab, 31 août 1989)
  • Journalisme et conflits dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal, publication tirée du séminaire "Environnement et gestion de l'espace frontalier dans la Vallée du fleuve Sénégal : quelles responsabilités des journalistes en matière de prévention des conflits?", organisé par l'Institut Panos et l'université de Saint-Louis du Sénégal, du 8 au 18 août 1994, Paris, L'Harmattan, 1996, 172 p. ISBN: 2738445322
  • Charles Becker et André Lericollais, « Le problème frontalier dans le conflit sénégalo-mauritanien », Politique africaine, n° 35, 1989, p. 149-155
  • Abdoulaye Mamadou Dia, Les conflits entre sédentaires et nomades dans la vallée du Sénégal (Fuuta Tooro) de la fin de la conquête coloniale à l’indépendance de la Mauritanie et du Sénégal. Approche critique des sources, Dakar, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, 1990, 42 p. (Mémoire de DEA)
  • Momar Coumba Diop et Mamadou Diouf, « Le conflit sénégalo-mauritanien » dans Le Sénégal sous Abdou Diouf, Paris, Karthala, 1990, p. 387-404 ISBN: 2-86537-275-8
  • Marion Fresia, Les Mauritaniens réfugiés au Sénégal : une anthropologie critique de l'asile et de l'aide humanitaire, L'Harmattan, Paris, 2009, 379 p. ISBN: 978-2-296-07730-0 (texte remanié d'une thèse de doctorat d'Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie, EHESS, Paris, 2005)
  • Christian Santoir, « Les Peul "refusés". Les Peul mauritaniens réfugiés au Sénégal (département de Matam) », Cahiers des sciences humaines, 1990, vol. 26, n° 4, p. 577-603
  • Christian Santoir, « D'une rive à l'autre. Les Peul mauritaniens réfugiés au Sénégal (département de Dagana et Podor) », Cahiers des sciences humaines, 1990, vol. 29, n° 1, p. 195-229
  • J. Schmitz, « Anthropologie des conflits fonciers et hydropolitiques du fleuve Sénégal (1975-1991) », Cahiers des Sciences humaines, 1993, vol. 29, n° 4, p. 591-623
  • Céline Vandermotten, Géopolitique de la vallée du Sénégal. Les flots de la discorde, Paris, L’Harmattan, juin 2004, 165 p. ISBN: 2-7475-5855-X

Good idea, and thanks for the sources. I've translated the French article and integrated it with the existing article. I'll work on going through the sources provided though to try and expand the article. At the moment the article only really talks about the early border conflict and expulsions, and not the ensuing violence seen over the next few years. Any further help with expanding the article would be much appreciated! MrPenguin20 (talk) 03:32, 21 February 2013 (UTC)