The Saharawi In Western Sahara

Collection with 44 media items created by U.S. Editor

13 May 2011 08:00

The Saharawi have been in exile since 1974, which makes it the second longest refugee situation in the world after Palestine. Western Sahara camps are well established camps which feature services such as schools, public transport systems, vehicle re-cycling and health care facilities.

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Landmine Action
Liberated Territories, Western Sahara
By Docphot
13 May 2011

Landmine Action is a British charity working on behalf of the UN to clear the Western Sahara of Landmines and ERWs. They train and employ local Saharawi, both men and women to do the extremely dangerous work.

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ERWs
Liberated Territories, Western Sahara
By Docphot
13 May 2011

Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) include cluster munitions and landmines.

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Desert Rains
Western Sahara
By Docphot
12 May 2011

The rain turns sand roads in to quicksand, trapping vehicles which must be dug out or towed.

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Tifariti
Liberated Territories Western Sahara
By Docphot
12 May 2011

Tifariti is an oasis located in the Liberated Territories. It is home to a hospital, school, mosque and a museum. It is also the home-base of Landmine Action and the UN mission (MINURSO).

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Saharawi Settlers
Liberated Territories, Western Sahara
By Docphot
11 May 2011

Some Saharawi have left the camps and returned to their land in the Western Sahara. Conditions are difficult as there is no permanent infrastructure. However these moden Bedouins are determined to live free in their own country.

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Battery Power
Liberated Territories, Western Sahara
By Docphot
11 May 2011

Backup batteries for radio and Internet are essential in the desert.

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POLISARIO Soldier
Liberated Territories, Western Sahara
By Docphot
11 May 2011

This POLISARIO Solider stands in front of a converted Landcruiser which has been fitted with a heavy machine gun.

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Remnants of War
Liberated Territories, Western Sahara
By Docphot
10 May 2011

The liberated territories of Western Sahara are littered with the remnants of war. View the full collection here: http://transterramedia.com/collections/878

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Domestic Transport
Dakhla Refugee Camp, Southwest Algeria.
By Docphot
08 May 2011

This coach was donated from Spain and was driven though the Algerian desert to its new home in service to the camps and international visitors.

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Zorgan
Dakhla Refugee Camp, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
06 May 2011

Zorgan works for the Protocal as an English translator.

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International Media
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
05 May 2011

The Saharawi host a number of cultural events each year aimed at elevating thier international proflie. This Film festival in Dakhla camp draws hundreds of international guests.

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Vehicle Recycling
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
04 May 2011

Vehicle Recyling is a way of life in the Sahara. Vehicle parts are used to constuct everything from animal shelters to groccery stores.

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Sports Program
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
02 May 2011

International NGOs setup various programs to help the Saharawi people. This Soccer games is part of a sports program being run by an American NGO.

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Waste Disposal
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
02 May 2011

Domestic waste is dumped in disused areas close to the camps.

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Electrical Power
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria.
By Docphot
07 Jan 2011

The majority of the Refugees electricity is collected using solar panels. Camps closer to Tindouf, such as February 27 are connected to the Algerian power grid.

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Saharawi Child
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
06 Jan 2011

A Saharawi Child stands in font of February 27 camp, her home since birth.

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Hussain
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
02 Jan 2011

Hussain was injured in a Moroccan air attack whilst in the Army. His back is broken and relies on his famliy and niegbours for support. He keeps with him a rock taken from the Liberated Territories.

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International Aid
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
05 Jan 2011

Aid comes from the USA and Europe. There are suggestions that quantities of aid are to be found for sale at makets in Tindouf and Mauritania, an inversigation is currently underway.

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Trailer Grocery Store
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
02 Jan 2011

This HGV trailer has been recycled into a grocery store.

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Soccer
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
04 Jan 2011

Soccer is popular in the camps, most follow Spanish teams such as FC Barcelona or Real Madrid.

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Saharawi Poet
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
04 Jan 2011

Saharawi Poet Sidi Brahim Salama Jalud. Poets help the community maintain the nature of Saharawi culture.

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Dusk
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
02 Jan 2011

Februray 27 is the only camp with a constant electricity supply.

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Afternoon Tea
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
02 Jan 2011

The Saharawi Tea ceremony takes place several times a day.

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The Berm
Western Sahara, Algeria
By Docphot
31 Dec 2010

The Berm was constucted Morocco and runs for 2,700km (approx) it is heavly mined and separates the Western Saharan 'Free Zone' from the occupied territories.

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Veterans Hospital
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
29 Dec 2010

Disabled veterans and landmine victims who require long term care are looked after at a specialist hospital near Rambooni.

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Old Saharawi Dwellings
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
29 Dec 2010

This old dwelling is constucted from sand and water.

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Swami
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
29 Dec 2010

Unsure of his International visitors, Swami observes from the doorway.

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Saharawi Poet
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
27 Dec 2010

Saharawi Poet Bashir Ali Abderahman. Poets help the community maintain the nature of Saharawi culture.

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Saharawi Red Cresent
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
27 Dec 2010

The President of the Saharawi Red Cross during an interview with a member of the NRC on behalf of the UN.

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International Event
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
26 Dec 2010

Saharawi and international guests celebrate a visit from Cuban artists. International solidarity is important to the Saharawi cause, International visitors are common place in the camps.

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Saharawi Tea
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
25 Dec 2010

The Sahrawi Tea ceremony is unique to Saharawi culture. The first cup tastes as bitter as life, the second as sweet as love and the third as soft as death.

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Living in Exile
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
23 Dec 2010

Aza has lived in the camps for 35 years, she fled Western Sahara during the invasion under aerial bombardment from the Moroccan air force. She was forced to leave behind her mother and farther, she was never to see them again.

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On the Road to Smara
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
22 Dec 2010

Looking west though window tinting whilst hitching a ride at dusk between the camps.

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Midnight in Smara
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
21 Dec 2010

Familes sleep together in mud huts under tin roofs weighed down with rocks. There is no running water, electricity comes from car batteries charged by solar panels.

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Brick Making
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
19 Dec 2010

A Saharawi worker constructs Mud bricks from a simple sand and water mixture.

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Brick Baking
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
19 Dec 2010

Mud bricks used for consuction are hard baked in the stong sunlight.

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Smara Refugee Camp
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
19 Dec 2010

Samra is the largest of the camps and is home to over 40,000 people.