Western Sahara – Nothing but silence surrounds the “Berm” – a sand wall surrounded by millions of land mines. It has isolated the Sahrawi people of Western Sahara for decades and it is barely heard of.
Youth representative Habiboulah Lamin, who like tens of thousands of other Sahrawis was born and raised in nearby refugee camps in southern Algeria, said looking at it makes him feel like “the saddest person in the world”.
“To see this wall in the 21st century and overlooked by the international community, rarely reported about, frustrates me to the bottom of my heart,” said Lamin, his voice breaking.
Squinting his eyes, he looked at the wall 100m away, manned by Moroccan soldiers who were filming the rare journalists filming them.
“My dream is that day when I can cross this wall, like what happened in Germany with the Berlin Wall, and I can meet my relatives who are behind this wall whom I haven’t seen my entire life,” Lamin said.
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