feeding the camels
evening drink, trying to warm up
January 2008, I spent 5 weeks living in the refugee camps of the Saharaouis at Tindouf, Algeria.
Those women, men and children became my friends. I was there to draw the women and their activities in the camps, running schools, health centers, coops etc.
The courage and the determination of this people even after spending 33 years in the camps waiting for a solution, its impressive. Morocco occupied their country as the Spanish left this colony in 1975. United Nations has from as far as 1974 been saying that the western Sahara should decide by referendum of their future... too many economical interests and a strong adversary have kept this people waiting in the refugee camps at Tindouf, in Western Sahara where they're now a minority due to the colonisation of the area by Moroccans and spread a bit all over the world. To find more about them you can check the diary of my stay here.