Mission of the Western Sahara

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Decolonization of Western Sahara, the world’s debt to the Saharawi people

The decolonization of Western Sahara is one of the most brutal disputes on the agenda called “international community”. Since the 1970s, that northwest African area rich in resources has been occupied by the Kingdom of Morocco, which advanced on the territory after the controversial withdrawal of the colonial power, Spain. In Brazil, the struggle of the Saharawi people for self-determination is still little discussed. Hence the commitment of forces engaged in international solidarity to bring the matter to debate.

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A nation in exile for four decades (iol.co.za)

Everyday life happens, we go about our daily routine, and then as if from nowhere a story finds you, you don’t see it, you don’t expect it, but it’s there and it reshapes your perspective. A paradigm shift takes place and your view point is changed forever.

Six months ago I had no idea that a nation known as the Saharawi, and a country called the Western Sahara even existed, no less than on our own continent, Africa. I had no idea that there were human atrocities happening in North West Africa that in South Africa we know nothing of, it is not spoken of, and knowledge of this is very difficult to acquire.

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Interview with Moroccan filmmaker Nadir Bouhmouch​

The Wailing of Western Sahara (therealnews.com)

Most people as I said haven’t heard of this struggle, but it’s been 40 years this year, 1975, when Morocco invaded Western Sahara, and came in and conquered Western Sahara, and then a few months later put in 300,000 Moroccans so they would essentially outnumber or try to outnumber the 300,000 or 400,000 Sahrawi people. Led–the Western Sahara liberation struggle is led by the Polisario. It’s the officially recognized government, the Polisario.It happened with it, unlike other colonies, or like–[incompr.] like other colonies, is there was a decolonization period in Africa. There was struggle, there was war. Eventually Western Sahara was put on the United Nations Decolonization Committee. It was under the jurisdiction of Spain. But in 1975, Spain essentially gave up and let the Moroccans simply march in. Thousands of the Sahrawi people fled to the East, into Algeria, where they established the refugee camps. Unfortunately, the United States, France, and Spain were collaborators in this occupation.

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