After we posted a series of photographs featuring Mauritania, we received an email from Michal Huniewicz. If we would be interested in featuring some of his photographs taken during his journey through Mauritania. Of course we would.

We’d like to thank Michal for sharing his photos. Visit his Facebook profile for more of his work. [20 photos total]

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This is Port de Pêche, or Fishermen's Beach, in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania. Sometimes also referred to as the Plage des Pêcheurs, the beach is the lively home to many fishermen, some of whom come from Senegal (Wolof and Fula people). (Michal Huniewicz) #
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The majority of people here on the beach are black Africans, as Arabs apparently don't eat much fish, preferring more nomadic food (camel, mutton, or goat meat). (Michal Huniewicz) #
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All the fish they are able to catch are those rejected by the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese factory ships beyond the horizon (Michal Huniewicz) #
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The whole beach smells of rotten fish, and so did the soles of our shoes afterwards. There are also plenty of fish scales and fish bones on the ground. When back in Nouakchott, only after a while did my friend and I realise that the horrific stench around us was actually us; how embarrassing. Luckily, the people were too polite to say anything to us. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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This portrait was taken in Azougi, and that is where the Almoravids set out on a quest to gain more land, founded Marrakesh, and then forever changed Córdoba in Spain. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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The mountains near Atar. If you read Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, you will find out that the French aviator actually landed on one of those flat mountains in Mauritania in the early 20th century. He suspected being the first human there ever, and found meteorites on its surface. Millions of years ago, these mountains must have formed part of a plateau. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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Most of those men, Mauritanian nomads, were equipped with binoculars, to keep an eye on their camels and sheep. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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These women, inhabiting the centre of Eye of the Sahara, made some tea for us. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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The desolate oasis city of Ouadane lies on an ancient caravan route. The tower is probably the most often photographed object in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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These two girls were offered to us as wives! (Michal Huniewicz) #
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Tuareg boys with our driver, Ahmed. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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Those two men appeared hoping we would be doctors, as one of them had a problem with his eye. This happens often in remote places in Africa - you are taken for a doctor. Unfortunately, we only had painkillers to offer. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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Taken in Chinguetti, a medieval trading centre founded in 777 AD, sometimes referred to as the seventh-most holy city of Islam (but this isn't something all Muslims recognise). Chinguetti was famous for its libraries, some of which contained works on science, astronomy, maths, etc. This oasis town has always been struggling against the Sahara, and it has already had to relocate (slightly) twice, being swallowed up by the relentless sands. There are still some libraries you can visit, but their number has been decreasing for centuries. This is the Al Ahmed Mahmoud Foundation Library. Its guardian is awaiting those who seek knowledge. photo by Michal Huniewicz (Michal Huniewicz) #
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Overlooking the road from Chinguetti to Atar. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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Interestingly, many people whom we told we were going to take the train gave us their blessings. They were curious about our destination and where we were from. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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My friend Ammar, travelling across the Sahara on the iron ore train to the Atlantic Coast. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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The Saharan and iron dust in the air did this to my camera and lens. Notice the spots everywhere. While I didn't change lenses on the train, the zoom lens I used extends, and that sucks in all the particles in the air. Unfortunately, it damaged the lens to the point where it is no longer usable. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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Cap Blanc - a peninsula near Nouadhibou, now known also as Ras Nouadhibou, by the Tropic of Cancer. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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In a Quranic school in Maata Mulana. (Michal Huniewicz) #
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Grand Mosque - Mosque Saudique in Nouakchott, the capital city. (Michal Huniewicz) #

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