Algeria, Sahara

Frente Polisario, Freedom for the Western Sahara

The situation

Directly behind the border to the Western Sahara in Algeria lives the greater part of the Sahrawi people. Conflicts between the colonizing states Spain, Morocco and Mauretania forced the legitimate residence of the Western Sahara to flee to the borderland of Algeria.  Over the past 35 years about 200.000 people had to leave their homes – today living in tents and clay huts surrounded by a bleak landscape and depending on the help of others.

The Sahrawi people are mostly unknown to the global public, because their suffering is not in the media focus.  Survival in the desert without the help of aid agencies is close to impossible. The teenagers, living now in the second generation in the displacement camps, are bored and without prospects.

The project