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90% of the country of Mauritania is covered by the Sahara Desert, making travel around the country a very time-consuming and ultimately dangerous activity. This beautiful documentary by Miguel de Olaso (aka Macgregor) studies the importance of the Mauritania Railway, a railroad that stretches over 700 kilometers and links the iron mines deep in the desert to the coast. The so called “backbone of the Sahara” gives the people of Mauritania a way to make a living selling their goods in different areas of the country, as well as provides the economy with a viable export in the iron ore it has hidden away deep in the desert.

The Mauritania Railway|Documentary|Sahara Desert

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