World Refugee Day 2003: Mauritania
UNHCR organised an official ceremony in collaboration with the ministry of interior and the Human Rights Commission. Present were government officials, diplomats, NGO staff, members of the civil society, and UN officials.
An exhibition-sale of handicrafts and art posters produced by young refugees was organised by UNHCR and the Moroccan Cultural Centre in Nouakchott. The visitors followed a series of cultural and folklore presentations conceived and presented by refugees. A drawing contest was held and the winners received prizes.
UNHCR hosted a two-day workshop on the theme "Human Rights and Refugee Protection" on 22 and 23 June in the town of Aioun, which received a large number of refugees in the past. The workshop was attended by senior government officials, civil society representatives, and journalists.
Refugees participated in a football tournament and played a final match against UNHCR's partner NGO, LWF.