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#ReferendumNow in Western Sahara

Posted by Holly Jerrett on July 26, 2016 @ 1:32 PM
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It is time for the U.N. Security Council to get serious about Western Sahara; it is unacceptable to punish the Saharawi people for following a peaceful path to freedom.

Remembering Western Sahara President Mohamed Abdelaziz

Posted by Holly Jerrett on June 02, 2016 @ 12:38 PM

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the death of the Saharawi's leader for the past 40 years, President Mohamed Abdelaziz.  He died on May 31, 2016, following an extended illness.

President Abdelaziz was a great friend and advocate of our work in the refugee camps.  We have many wonderful memories of him and his kindness, generosity, wisdom, and the heartfelt care he took of his people....like the heart of a good shepherd for his flocks. 

The Saharawi people will be in a time of mourning for the next 40 days.  Many of you who have visited the camps, met Saharawi people, or learned of them through the work of Not Forgotten will understand the great loss they are now experiencing, as well as the grief in our own hearts.  He leaves behind his wife and children, and the people of Western Sahara.

Washington Post: Western Sahara independence movement leader Abdelaziz dies

The Fading Dream to Liberate Africa’s Last Colony

Posted by Holly Jerrett on May 23, 2016 @ 3:18 PM

HUFFINGTON POST: Security Council Must Stand Up to Moroccan Bullying to End Western Sahara Conflict

Posted by Holly Jerrett on April 04, 2016 @ 2:48 PM

The Secretary-General’s pledge to take real steps presents a serious opportunity, which the Security Council has a responsibility to support in accordance with its own long-standing and unfulfilled resolutions. With a seemingly endless list of global crises, there will be the temptation to do the easy thing and kick the can down the road with platitudes of support that aren’t backed by concrete action. That would be a shortsighted mistake, and the people of Western Sahara deserve better.

Read the full article here.

Reuters: Morocco's U.N. expulsion puts Western Sahara ceasefire at risk: movement

Posted by Holly Jerrett on March 25, 2016 @ 2:05 PM

Morocco is putting a ceasefire over disputed Western Sahara at risk by expelling United Nations staffers there and trying to scuttle a long-delayed referendum over the future of the territory, an independence movement official said on Tuesday.

Dozens of U.N. staffers pulled out of the Western Sahara mission, known as MINURSO, on Sunday after Morocco demanded they leave because U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used the term "occupation" during a visit to the region.

It is Rabat's worst dispute with the U.N. since 1991, when it brokered a ceasefire. Morocco took over most of Western Sahara in 1975 from colonial Spain, starting a guerilla war with the Sahrawi people's Polisario Front who say the desert territory on Africa's northwest belongs to them.

Read the full article here.

URGENT NEWS - Torrential rains leave refugee families without shelter

Posted by Holly Jerrett on October 22, 2015 @ 3:27 PM

URGENT NEWS from the Desert.... 




The Saharawi refugee camps are experiencing a disastrous crisis, as torrential rains have been pouring down all week, and predictions are that it will continue until this weekend.   This is an extremely rare occurrence, and is resulting in widespread flooding and collapsing of the mud-brick houses in which the refugees live.  The people are fleeing to higher ground to escape the collapsing of walls as the rains continue to pour.    

So many families have moved out and up to higher ground. There has been widespread damage to property, and since the rains are still coming there is little to be done once things become unstable. It's too dangerous to be working near or in the houses as things could fall at any time. The paths where cars would run turned into rivers and cooperative tents are being used as temp housing. Many families moved their tents to the north edge of the camp where it is higher ground.   

 As of now, our teams on the ground are safe.  However, the home of our field director's family has caved in and they have relocated to a classroom in our English school, which seems to be holding together fairly well.  We are able to keep in close communication.  All normal activities have been suspended, and they are busy helping in their surrounding neighborhoods.    

Many of you are asking how you can help.   The people do not have the means to repair and rebuild after the rains subside. As other critical needs of the Saharawi emerge, we will keep you informed.  If you would like to financially donate to helping with the housing needs of either the general population or with our school's base, you can send your (tax deductible) donations to:  
Not Forgotten International 
P.O. Box 214 
Menasha, WI 54952  

If you prefer to give online: 
-visit notforgotteninternational.org 
-click "Donate Now" 
-login to your "My NFI" account (or set one up if this is your first time here) 
-go to "Giving" 
-Click on "Click here to give now" 
-Go to the "Designated Fund" drop down menu and select "Disaster Relief" 
-Enter your payment information 

Thank you for your care and concern for our friends in the Desert during this critical time.

~Janet Lenz, Executive Director

Desert Snapshot August 2015

Posted by Holly Jerrett on August 27, 2015 @ 3:46 PM

 

Remembering Mariem Hassan

Posted by Holly Jerrett on August 24, 2015 @ 1:57 PM

 

We are saddened by the passing of legendary Saharawi musician, Mariem Hassan. She will be remembered as "The Voice of the Sahara" for her noble efforts to bring the Saharawi plight to the world through her music.

http://worldmusiccentral.org/2015/08/22/saharawi-music-star-mariem-hassan-dies-in-refugee-camps/

Petition: Stop the buying of exploited phosphate from occupied Western Sahara!

Posted by Holly Jerrett on July 27, 2015 @ 2:42 PM

Canadian companies, Potash Corp and Agrium Inc, are two of the largest importers of phosphate from occupied Western Sahara. Morocco has been occupying Western Sahara for about forty years, mines and sells the region’s phosphate without the consent of the local people and has forced approximately 135,000 Sahrawi people into refugee camps. Withdrawal of these companies buying exploited resources will promote the message that Western Sahara has the right and freedom to choose its own expression of self-determination including the managing of its own resources.

Sign the petition to stop the buying of exploited phosphate from occupied Western Sahara here.

Desert Snapshot July 2015

Posted by Holly Jerrett on July 21, 2015 @ 5:22 PM

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