Sahara Tuesday May 22nd 2012 It’s a few minutes past three in the afternoon, and the refugee camp on the border between Algeria and Western Sahara is silent. A few Saharawian goats and two Norwegian journalists are the only living creatures too stupid to seek shelter from the sun. The camp is named after the day the Saharawians declared their own state, 27th of February (1976). It’s hard to believe that the deserted desert camp is the home of thousands of refugees. Flying in to the Algerian border-town Tindouf we saw the low brick houses with stub roofs spread out in the sand dunes. 27th February has only got 12.500 inhabitants, but all in all some 150.000 Saharawian refugees are living in this area – probably more than what is left in the parts of Western-Sahara occupied by Morocco.
What brings us out here to the desert called “ahh’ mada”
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