This November marks 40 years since Spain ceded control of Western Sahara, near the border with Algeria. When Morocco tried to take over the territory, it triggered a conflict with the Polisario Front, the Sahrawi liberation movement. Tens of thousands of Sahrawi still live in five refugee camps around Tindouf in Algeria.
Despite harsh conditions in the camps, schools are flourishing. ‘Education, autonomy and integration’, reads a slogan emblazoned on the wall of a special education centre in Dakhla camp. Many residents speak Spanish, as well as Hassaniya Arabic, the Sahrawi language
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