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Mauritania waits for rain

<p>A man mixes sand with water to make adobe bricks for building a house in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. A full third of the country's population, amounting to around a million people, are at risk of malnutrition if rain doesn't fall by July, according to estimates from Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action Against Hunger), which has been warning about food crisis since the beginning of the year after poor rains in 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A man mixes sand with water to make adobe bricks for building a house in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. A full third of the country's population, amounting to around a million people, are at risk of malnutrition if...more

A man mixes sand with water to make adobe bricks for building a house in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. A full third of the country's population, amounting to around a million people, are at risk of malnutrition if rain doesn't fall by July, according to estimates from Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action Against Hunger), which has been warning about food crisis since the beginning of the year after poor rains in 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Young men wrestle as people bathe and wash clothes in the Senegal river outside the town of Kaedi, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

Young men wrestle as people bathe and wash clothes in the Senegal river outside the town of Kaedi, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Young men wrestle as people bathe and wash clothes in the Senegal river outside the town of Kaedi, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A woman wraps her sleeping baby on her back after a talk with members of the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) about good sanitation and hygiene practices in Niomel, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A woman wraps her sleeping baby on her back after a talk with members of the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) about good sanitation and hygiene practices in Niomel, in the Guidimakha region,...more

A woman wraps her sleeping baby on her back after a talk with members of the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) about good sanitation and hygiene practices in Niomel, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>The dead carcass of a donkey is buried in the sand in the village of Taboit, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

The dead carcass of a donkey is buried in the sand in the village of Taboit, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

The dead carcass of a donkey is buried in the sand in the village of Taboit, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A girl looks at a young woman pouring water taken from a well in the village of Taboit, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A girl looks at a young woman pouring water taken from a well in the village of Taboit, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A girl looks at a young woman pouring water taken from a well in the village of Taboit, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A boy gives water to his family's horse in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A boy gives water to his family's horse in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A boy gives water to his family's horse in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Women wait to load their carts with bags of rice and bottles of cooking oil at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

Women wait to load their carts with bags of rice and bottles of cooking oil at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May...more

Women wait to load their carts with bags of rice and bottles of cooking oil at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A man drinks water drawn from a well in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012.  REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A man drinks water drawn from a well in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A man drinks water drawn from a well in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A family prepares to load bags of rice and bottles of oil they have been given, onto their cart, at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A family prepares to load bags of rice and bottles of oil they have been given, onto their cart, at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol...more

A family prepares to load bags of rice and bottles of oil they have been given, onto their cart, at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Two-year-old Aissata Dia is tended to by her grandmother as she recovers from malnutrition and Malaria at a nutrition center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) at Selibaby's hospital, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

Two-year-old Aissata Dia is tended to by her grandmother as she recovers from malnutrition and Malaria at a nutrition center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) at Selibaby's hospital, in...more

Two-year-old Aissata Dia is tended to by her grandmother as she recovers from malnutrition and Malaria at a nutrition center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) at Selibaby's hospital, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Women and children take part in a talk with members of the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) about good sanitation and hygiene practices in Niomel, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

Women and children take part in a talk with members of the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) about good sanitation and hygiene practices in Niomel, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012....more

Women and children take part in a talk with members of the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) about good sanitation and hygiene practices in Niomel, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Fatimata Harouna holds her two-year-old daughter Aissata Dia, as she recovers from malnutrition and Malaria, at a nutrition center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) at Selibaby's hospital, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

Fatimata Harouna holds her two-year-old daughter Aissata Dia, as she recovers from malnutrition and Malaria, at a nutrition center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) at Selibaby's...more

Fatimata Harouna holds her two-year-old daughter Aissata Dia, as she recovers from malnutrition and Malaria, at a nutrition center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) at Selibaby's hospital, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Bonko Diawara holds her 17-month-old daughter Diarra Yattibere, as she recovers from malnutrition, at a nutrition center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) at Selibaby's hospital, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012.  REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

Bonko Diawara holds her 17-month-old daughter Diarra Yattibere, as she recovers from malnutrition, at a nutrition center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) at Selibaby's hospital, in the...more

Bonko Diawara holds her 17-month-old daughter Diarra Yattibere, as she recovers from malnutrition, at a nutrition center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against hunger) at Selibaby's hospital, in the Guidimakha region, Mauritania June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Street vendors try to sell bread to passengers on a bus in the village of Lexeiba, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012.  REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

Street vendors try to sell bread to passengers on a bus in the village of Lexeiba, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Street vendors try to sell bread to passengers on a bus in the village of Lexeiba, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A young woman drinks tea as she waits for her turn to get a bag of rice and a bottle of cooking oil outside a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A young woman drinks tea as she waits for her turn to get a bag of rice and a bottle of cooking oil outside a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel,...more

A young woman drinks tea as she waits for her turn to get a bag of rice and a bottle of cooking oil outside a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Boys play soccer with balloons after attending a dance recital about water shortage, in the town of Kaedi, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

Boys play soccer with balloons after attending a dance recital about water shortage, in the town of Kaedi, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Boys play soccer with balloons after attending a dance recital about water shortage, in the town of Kaedi, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A boy looks at women fetching water from a well in the village of Taboit, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A boy looks at women fetching water from a well in the village of Taboit, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A boy looks at women fetching water from a well in the village of Taboit, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>People bathe and wash clothes in the Senegal river outside the town of Kaedi, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. . REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

People bathe and wash clothes in the Senegal river outside the town of Kaedi, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. . REUTERS/Susana Vera

People bathe and wash clothes in the Senegal river outside the town of Kaedi, Gorgol region, in Mauritania June 1, 2012. . REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A woman takes a nap in her home next to a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A woman takes a nap in her home next to a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A woman takes a nap in her home next to a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>A boy rests at an empty stand at the market in Kaedi, at the Gorgol region in Mauritania June 2, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A boy rests at an empty stand at the market in Kaedi, at the Gorgol region in Mauritania June 2, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A boy rests at an empty stand at the market in Kaedi, at the Gorgol region in Mauritania June 2, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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