My readers know that I have special fondness for the people of Western Sahara…..I try to help spread the word of their plight in aq desire for a complete homeland……this is an excellent post on the conflict occurring in Western Sahara…..take some time to appreciate their struggle…..chuq
The Sahrawi people of the Western Sahara are split off from the rest of civilization by a 2,700km wall stretching across the desert: a stark physical reminder of an independence struggle which remains unresolved after 40 years. In the four decades since Moroccan troops entered and occupied the remote territory in 1975, the resulting conflict and struggle for independence has barely been reported, and has largely been overlooked by the international community.
This ‘media invisibility’ is in stark contrast to coverage of other situations where a population has been divided: such as the Cold War separation of East and West Germany, and the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Even on the rare occasions when the territory does make the news, there is often a lack of background context to the dispute, which dates back to the end of the colonial era.
What is today known as Western Sahara, was…
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