Sahara: the last African colony



The Western Sahara, the dusty piece of land which Spain abandoned in 1976 with no decolonisation and Morocco took by force, it is according to UN the last African colony. Disputed by the King of Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, it is one of the longest unresolved conflicts and source of deep frustration for a dispersed nation, in one of the less densely populated countries in the World but with one of areas most densely land-mined of the planet, thanks to the Kingdom of Morocco and the long sandy and deathly wall that they have built.














If the hell exists, its branch on Earth must be the Algerian ‘hammada’, a vast rocky, flat, burned, broken and barren extension of Sahara’s desert. In fact, ‘hammada’ means ‘nowhere’ / ‘nothing’. This is not a place for life, but here have spent their time during the last 36 years nearly 200.000 saharawi refugees. They are exiled from the oldest unresolved African conflict.

Refugees ran from their homes one morning, 30 years ago, fled to the deepest desert to avoid Moroccan bombs, and still are there. They have built during their exile in this hell schools, hospitals and a parallel society funded on refugee camps. They are still waiting for a referendum to self-determination that never comes.


















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