The Meharistes patrol desert regions on camelback, preventing jihadi ideologies from gaining a foothold in remote communities in the Sahara. These police officers dressed in traditional attire and riding camels might be the best way to go about Mauritania’s Sahara Desert. But these soldiers, whilst being skilled in combat do not limit their activities to engaging the enemy. They also take on a support role. Members of the Mehariste National Guard unit have helped provide running water, public transport, patient care, as well as most of the public service facilities to populations.