The faithful.

In the centre of Nouakchott, in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Sunday sees the gatherings of the small but nonetheless not insignificant Christian population.


There are no problems in the city, I’ve been here 18 months and the two different religions live happily alongside each other.

I was gutted I couldnt get the little girl in a better light, she looked so pretty in her finery.


Like most West African countries, there is a large migrant population, here in Mauritania Malians are the biggest single group, but there are plenty of Senegalese and Ghanaians and its these that primarily make up the church goers.


Sunday mass is well attended, the day I passed, there were easily 200 people in the large church.




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7 Responses to The faithful.

  1. There is no reason for Judaism, Christianity and Islam not to co-exist peacefully. They all worship the same God and they all trace their roots to Abraham and before. However, the history of discord between different branches of Christianity and between different branches of Islam (I don’t have any information about branches of Judaism) does suggest that if Christians with what is essentially different interpretations of the same text can’t coexist, and if Moslems with different interpretations of the same text can’t coexist, what chance is there for inter-faith relations.
    And we’ll not go near other faiths and traditions.

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    • Whilst there is no reason for the above mentioned not to co-exist peacefully, we sadly see that in many places, they either cant or wont. The answer is there right in front of our noses in some places (here being one) and yet we dont seem able to transpose it to places where its needed.

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  2. Nikki says:

    Thank you for sharing these photos…. they brought back many happy memories of my visits to my late husband’s homeland, Equatorial Guinea. The dresses are similar, as was the Sunday atmosphere since we spent a lot of time in churches, as he had been “the Protestant pastor” in
    the ’60s.

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    • Wow, what a life you’ve led. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, I’ll be leaving here for good very soon and will put up a few more, a resumé of my 18 months spent in this country. I’ve travelled widely in Africa and found the people here as friendly as I’ve ever had the good fortune to encounter.


  3. Nikki says:

    Well… to quote The Grateful Dead: “What a long strange trip it’s been.” And much more interesting than I might have imagined in my youth.
    I believe I’ve got approximately fifteen years on you, but from what I can tell from my time with your blog, you’ve packed a lot more living and travel into yours, so… it’s you who are not afraid to live your life to the fullest.
    I look forward to your wrap-ups of your African experiences.

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    • If we’re talking The Grateful Dead, age is clearly but a number. I’m the same as you, I vividly remember reading books about places and thinking how I’d love to go there, but it was always just too exotic to even think about really. And then, one day, I was walking down a street in the centre of Damascus, eating dates warmed by the sun and i remembered those days of my childhood. My life has been far more exciting than I would ever have dared to dream when i was a kid.


  4. Nikki says:

    My, but it’s a fine, fine thing to be able to realize childhood dreams!
    And thanks for your kind words and kindled memories.

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