Rome March 27, 2012 (SPS) - The cause of the Saharawi people is almost forgotten by the international community,
said Tuesday in Rome bureau chief for regional humanitarian protection
from the High Commissioner for Refugees United Nations (UNHCR).
"I feel that the cause of the Saharawi people and the Sahrawi refugees
in Tindouf (southern Algeria) is almost forgotten by the international
community, "the official said in a statement to the Algerian News
Agency (APS) following the visit of the delegation present in Italy as
part of a study mission.
For the UN official, "the situation of these Sahrawi refugees for 35
years must be resolved by the International community mobilization and
a greater interest in this important issue." (SPS)
Latest: vessel discharged unethical Sahara cargo in Australia: The
vessel 'Allegra' was on 3 November 2011 observed discharging phosphate
rock in Tasmania, Australia. The cargo originates from occupied Western
Sahara. See video of the operation here.
IAJUWS calls on international observers to attend the
trail of Saharawi prisoners of Gdeim Izik. Saharawi activists of Gdeim
Izik camp, who are currently incarcerated in the Moroccan prison of
Salˇ and to be taken next January 13 to a Moroccan military trail.
Polisario Front calls on UN to accelerate decolonization of Western Sahara.
The invisible struggle of the indigenous Saharawis.
Morocco's fish fight: High stakes over Western Sahara
The European Parliament rejects to extend the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement -
and called for a more environmentally and economically beneficial
deal, which should take account of the interests of the Sahrawi
population. The current protocol, which has applied provisionally since
28 February 2011, will cease to apply immediately.
El Aaiun massacre was at 11 deaths, 723 injured and 159 missing.
|Sahrawi people live in a State of Exile|
You just wonder don't you in a world with so much
sophistication how it could be allowed, that one country's resources
could be sold by another with the West buying these products illegally?
The state of Western Sahara or Sahrawi
Republic is situated along a strip of coast in West Africa between Mauritania and Morocco.
The capital is El-Aaiun (La'youne) and the official language is Arabic. The local currency is the Moroccan dirham (DH).
Due to political occupation of their lands by the Morocco government,
many of the Sahrawri people have fled, amid a struggle for ongoing
independence, to other regions. Their are a number Sahrawi of refugee camps in West Africa. The number of Saharawi refugees is estimated between 150,000 and 200,000. A majority of Saharawis live in exile in refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria.
The main reason
behind the occupation of Sahrawi Republic is its potential deposits of
oil, natural gas, uranium, iron and critically the current mining of
phosphates and rich fishing resources.
For this reason, the country, is
Africa's last colony to gain independence after a long struggle.
Republic was formerly the Spanish colony of Rio de Oro. The Western Sahara was annexed
by both Morocco and Mauritania when Spain withdrew in February 1976.
After Mauritania withdrew from the territory in August 1979, it was
incorporated into and administered by Morocco.
Dissatisfied, the Polisario
Front liberation movement [on behalf of the Sahawri peoples] continued their struggle to end all foreign
occupation of their country.
Front liberation movement formed a government-in-exile in 1976 and
declared the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
the Polisario Front's SADR was recognised by the Organisation for
African Unity leading to the withdrawal of Morocco from the OAU in
May 1991, the Polisario Front and Morocco ended many years
of fighting following a UN sponsored peace settlement.
The struggle for the future is that the state of Western Sahara will be settled under a
UN-supervised referendum giving the Sahrawri people independence from Morocco.