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Mauritania

In Mauritania, a large proportion of the population lives below the poverty line, forcing some 60% of the children to work, for example as domestic servants. They are often victims of exploitation and physical violence. Due to food shortage, the child malnutrition and infant mortality are high. Terre des hommes fights for better access to healthcare and protects the most vulnerable children such as those who are in migration, exploited or in conflict with the law.

Hoping to provide Fatou with opportunities for the future, her parents sent her to work for a Mauritanian family as a domestic servant. However, the situation quickly deteriorated. Fatou’s employers began abusing and beating her.

Fatou, a former domestic servant

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