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Portrait of a people in exile

After more than 35 years, Sahrawi people are still living in makeshift camps established in the Algerian Hammada, one of the most inhospitable regions of the Sahara Desert.
Fleeing from Moroccan oppression that followed the so called 'Green March', the alleged peaceful occupation of Western Sahara, Saharawi women crossed the border with Algeria carrying children and elderly, while the men fought the Moroccan Army, defending, from the rearguard, the exodus of its people.
Ever since 1976 a sizeable proportion of the Sahrawi People has had to adapt, as refugees to these provisional settlements that sprung up over night in Algerian territory to become real cities. Due to the allegedly provisional nature of its infrastructure, inhabitants continuously face problems. Today these camps subsist thanks to international aid and cooperation; there is no denying that these have become a necessity and that they are of enormous humanitarian value, but they have also had an impact on Saharawi traditions, society and culture, as a sort of cultural alienation of a millenary people that fights to preserve its traditions, society and culture.

Date : 2010
Place : Sahara, Argelia.
   
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