Dominique David

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"Perched on top of a ridge, on the edge of the valley that seems, on a clear day, to separate it from the Himalayan summits, Goom’s Yiga Choling Gompa monastery is slumbering in the thick fog that shrouds it on this cold spring morning.

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In the heart of Mauritanian Sahara, in a Dantesque scenery, the SNIM (Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière – National Industrial and Mining Corporation) extracts iron ore, a strategic income source for the country, the world’s 13th producer. The ore extracted from opencast mines is crushed, ground and enriched on the spot in factories permanently shrouded in a thick dust cloud, wrapped by the suffocating heat of the desert.