Sahara Occidental, abandoned by the Spanish colonialists in 1975, was immediately occupied my Morocco, which claimed the entire territory for itself, to exploit its rich mineral resources and valuable offshore fishing. Despite violent demonstrations in Laayoune in 2010 protesting about conditions for Sahrawi inhabitants and reminding the world’s media of Morocco’s UN-mandated obligation to withdraw, there is little likelihood of a change in the status quo: more than half the population consists of Moroccan migrants and tens of thousands of Sahrawis live in refugee camps around Tindouf in Algeria.
The highway running northeast–southwest, following the coastline, is the main trans-Saharan route between Europe and Africa, and is safe to drive, although there is little in the way of public transport.
Links we like
ASVDH Website of the Sahrawi Association of Victims of Grave Human Rights Violations.
The Global Dispatches: Western Sahara Comprehensive article, on the online world reportage magazine, detailing the state of the occupied nation today.
This page last edited 9 June 2011 © Richard Trillo and Emma Gregg