"Akjoujt, capitale of Inchiri" Akjoujt by Alpha_Ghana

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Akjoujt is the "capitale" of the province of Inchiri. This is the main town and the only town if the whole region.
There is nothing there!
If you think you saw one day a city with nothing, then you have not seen Akjoujt.
It is almost a ghost town. Army placed there a barrack for infantery trainees and there are three filling stations. Some small mosquees also.
That's it!!

The history of Akjoujt is related to the copper.
The region of Inchiri has been known for the copper since 20000 years. Old civilisations where using copper for craft and arms in the old ages. Then desert came and the region was abandonned by people, only Bedouins went on living there.
In 1940, goelogists found large ore bodies of copper close to Akjoujt. In 1970, Angloamerican tried to run a oxide mine but they failed and they lost the today's equivalent of 300 millions dollars.
Some Mauritanian companies tried to take over during the next 35 years without success.
Akjoujt inhabitants ran away from the city. Today, there are only old timers and lazy tea drinkers. All people who work or are educated left to better places. This is a World Bank assisted city.
Fortunately, in 2005, a Australian/Canadian company bought the concession and started the project again, giving Akjoujt people hope to have some real incomes and benefits for their population.

The Gold and Copper Mine

Located 5 km North of Akjoujt, the Guelb Moghrein mine is living again.
Hundred thousands of tons of old scraps are still on site but a company is now developing the exploitation of copper and gold.

The main street of AKjoujt

You can rename it "Oxford Street" or "5th Avenue" or "Champs Elysées" if you want.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nothing
  • Cons:There is nothing there
  • In a nutshell:If you are foe of life, go there and suicide.
  • Last visit to Akjoujt: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 13, 2006
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  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2006 at 4:00 PM

    We didn't take the Nouakchott-Atar road, so I missed the speed limit for camels, haha !

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