Views: Understanding Western Sahara

Our nearest African neighbour is the disputed and occupied territory of Western Sahara. The native Berber population were almost certainly of the same people to have first colonised these islands more than 2000 years before the Spanish arrived to take it from them.

41 years after Spain withdrew its colonial control of the territory previously known as Spanish Sahara, and the International Court of Justice along with the UN recognised the native people’s right to self-determination, with the need for a referendum on the subject having been agreed internationally, the Sahwari people are still waiting to get their country back and decide their own future.

North Africa’s Forgotten War – Meanwhile assets and resources continue to be stripped from the disputed territory, by their neighbours dispute no-one else ever having been formally recognised, by any other country, as having sovereignty in the region. With tens of thousands of refugees having had to live in exile, in camps for more than 40 years, isn’t it time that Morocco withdrew and finally allowed these people to have their territory back?

The complex situation of the disputed territory of Western Sahara explained…