Desert Snapshot June 2015

Posted by Holly Jerrett on June 15, 2015 @ 3:08 PM

Growing up in the refugee camps, he seldom had money in his pocket. A new acquaintance approached him one day, asking if Fadel would lend him some money...Click here for the rest of the story.

From the BBC - Sahara screenings: World's most remote film festival

Posted by Holly Jerrett on May 27, 2015 @ 11:50 AM

This is the world's most remote film festival - in a refugee camp in the Sahara desert, where nothing grows and few people visit.



Love Hurts by The Fellow Man

Posted by Holly Jerrett on May 27, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

Until the end of 2015, all profits from the song "Love Hurts" by The Fellow Man will go to support NFI's work in the refugee camps. Download the song here:

Our thanks to the band for their support and love for the people of Western Sahara!

(Originally posted December 31st, 2014)


Refugees for nearly 40 years consider return to conflict
Refugees from Western Sahara have been living in camps in Algeria since 1975. Now, faced with a reduction in international aid, some Sahrawis are calling for a return to war.


From the WorldViews section of the Washington Post.

“For me, I think there is only two solutions,” Ahmed said. “We go to the borders, fight, make war, which is not the best solution. And the other solution, which is self-determination, this is the best one. Just let us vote. Is Morocco afraid of something?”

Watch the video and read the accompanying article here. 

Desert Snapshot

Posted by Holly Jerrett on May 22, 2015 @ 8:04 AM

This is the first of a monthly "snapshot" story of life in the refugee camps. We hope these glimpses will serve to give you a clearer picture of the Saharawi people, their realities, their struggles, and their amazing determination to rise above their circumstances.

Click here for the story.

Please read all the way to the end for an important update regarding the United Nations continued failure to uphold human rights in Western Sahara.

"Some of the older women who first came to the camps refused to unpack their suitcases thinking that they'd need to be ready to return home once the war was won - that was four decades ago and most of that generation now lie in the desert cemetery."

Read the article here.

TAKE ACTION: Protect rights and resources in Western Sahara

Posted by Holly Jerrett on March 11, 2015 @ 1:23 PM

From the Western Sahara Action Forum:

In previous years the UN Security Council has voted not to monitor human rights violations in Western Sahara. This is unacceptable. It is time to put pressure on the Security Council and demand they fulfill their duty to the people of Western Sahara. They will be voting in April 2015 so we need to act NOW to exert some collective pressure.

Read more, and take action!

Noam Chomsky supports the Saharawi People to the 39th conference of the EUCOCO

Posted by Holly Jerrett on November 24, 2014 @ 1:05 PM

U.S. philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky gave this video message in support of the Saharawi people for the 39th conference of EUCOCO earlier this month. 

Chomsky considers the 2010 Gdeim Izik protest camp in Western Sahara to be the true start to the Arab Spring


From Sandblast - photography projects featuring the Saharawi

Posted by Holly Jerrett on November 22, 2014 @ 1:17 PM

An online gallery of many photography collections highlighting the plight of the Saharawi.

Free Western Sahara by Renny Jackson

Posted by Holly Jerrett on November 17, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

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Free Western Sahara 

On a distant dusty road 
There was a distant dusty stone 
Kicked by a soldier on his tea break 
The stone rumbled forward 
As he stepped back and he thought 
‘Why can I not be more like that stone?’ 

In a distant deep blue sea 
There was a distant shoal of fish 
Who muttered as they rocked upon the tide 
‘Why is it that these ships 
Keep on cutting up our necks?’ 
Thinking back to 1975 

On a silver mound of sand 
Stood a sullen silver moon 
Who watched with a scythe in her hand 
She said, ‘I’ve to come to reap the harvest 
But the furthest I could get 
Was to dig out hidden landmines underground’ 

And she said ‘Free Western Sahara!' 

In a rotten pile of tin 
Baked rusty by the sun 
A conversation could be heard amongst the waste 
‘Hey you, you can of tuna? What’s the deal with us all bein’ here?’ 
‘I’ve no idea,’ replied the other tin in haste. 

And underneath the tin 
Were some rocks and veins of gas 
Minerals that glimmered unabashed 
Said the phosphate to the propane 
‘It’s insane all this profit!’ 
‘Shut it, you’re got ideas above your shaft.’ 

And sure enough the sun came down to torch their necks 
Blistered almost to a cinder 
But the elders cried as they clenched their eyes 
‘’Our revenge will be the laughter of our children!" 


And they said ‘Free Western Sahara!'

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