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Western Sahara National Unity: #40yearsnotforgotten

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National Unity Day

October 12th 2015 was the 40th anniversary of National Unity for the people of Western Sahara. As co-author of ‘Settled Wanderers’, a book of poetry – part in translation, part original compositions – from my time on the Saharawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, I was invited to the camps again to launch the book and take part in the celebrations.Western Sahara National Unity Read the rest of this entry »

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October 18, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Western Sahara – Some history and an appeal for donations

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I am honoured to be involved this year with the Olive Branch Arts / Sandblast Arts Youth Theatre project from 26th October to 9th November. For the third year running they are going out to the Saharawi Refugee camps in Algeria. They use theatre and drama therapy to work with the displaced people of Western Sahara to empower them to tell their own story, promote their own culture and earn a living through the arts. Along with photographer Emma Brown, I will be part of the documentaion team during the three week project.

It’s an inspiring project but, unsurprisingly, there is not any funding in the refugee camps or money from the exiled government of the not-officially-recognised state so Olive Branch rely on individual generosity. Please visit the donations page and think about giving something towards funding Olive Branch this year or come to the fundraiser event on Friday 19th October at Only Connect, 32 Cubitt Street, Kings Cross. WC1X 0LR The night starts at 7.30pm.

The case of Western Sahara is one of the forgotten conflicts of our time. A Spanish colony for nearly a hundred years, it was transferred in hugely contraversial circumstances to Morocco in 1975 and has remained a part of the North African Kingdom ever since. Some argue that it was the place that started the Arab Spring. Recently declassified U.S government papers suggest that the U.S.A scripted, or were at least heavily involved in, the handover from Franco’s Spain to King Hassan’s Morocco. Yet few people in the West know anything about it. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm