Sahrawis Blame Polisario for Length of Western Sahara Conflict

Rabat – Some Sahrawis in Tindouf’s Lahmada camp in Algeria, including women, have taken part in a sit-in blaming Polisario for obstructing a political solution to the Sahara conflict.

The sit-in took place in front of Boujdour prefecture, inside the Tindouf camps in Algeria, on Tuesday. The Sahrawis complained of the degradation of their situation and tightened restrictions.

Lahmada’s population brought their concerns in protest before the separatist leaders, who were gathering at the headquarters of the self-proclaimed “Sahrawi National Council.”.

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They also hold the Polisario Front responsible for the length of the Sahara conflict, according to Moroccan outlet Le360.

In an investigative film produced by Moroccan television channel Medi1TV that aired Sunday, a Spanish journalist spoke with a Sahrawi living inside the Tindouf camps, who asserted that humanitarian aid with food and medicine never reached them but was instead sold in the market in nearby Rabouni.

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He added that anyone who speaks to international media or human rights organizations is severely punished.

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The man also said that he experienced torture and punishment. When his father and oldest sister died, he reached out to Polisario’s health ministry which denied responsibility for their deaths and told him to remain silent.

The Tuesday sit-in is one of the multiple protests the Sahrawis have been conducting in recent months.

In early April, dozens of Sahrawis carried out a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the self-styled Sahrawi Ministry of the Interior to protest tightened restrictions at the Tindouf camps in Algeria.

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In March, several Sahrawi MPs conducted a sit-in in front of Polisario’s secretariat to protest widespread corruption in Tindouf camps.

In a public statement, the MPs said they are protesting the waste of public money, abuse of authority for personal purposes, absence of accountability, and the prevalence of all kinds of corruption.

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