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Mauritania

In Mauritania, 42% of the population lives under the poverty line. This forces numerous children (estimated at 37%) to become domestic workers. These children are often victims of exploitation and physical and sexual violence (27%). Furthermore, in spite of national health policies, 29 children per 1000 die at birth. Nearly 23% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition. Tdh supports and accompanies children who have been victims of exploitation and helps to improve their health.

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 her, beating her daily and withholding her

Fatou, a former domestic servant

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