Untold Stories

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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About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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10 Responses to

  1. I was wondering what you were doing in the Sahara…thanks for keeping us posted…

  2. magsx2 says:

    Incredible, so many people.

  3. You are in Tindouf! Lucky you, lucky them. The saharawi refugees really deserve some press coverage. Go for it! And have a very interesting stay. Best wishes from Bente, who is just a teeny bit jealous (wanted to go there as a journalist for years..)

  4. I had no idea. Look forward to learning more.

  5. niasunset says:

    I am glad to hear you dear Otto, I agree with dear Bente, you are doing great job, this would be good for these refugees… My best wishes to you too dear Otto, Thank you, love, nia

  6. Michelle Gillies says:

    I can’t think of anyone that could do this story more justice than you, Otto. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  7. valzone says:

    I couldn’t cope with all those crowds 🙂
    Lovely Otto.

  8. Reggie says:

    Such a fascinating story – I look forward to hearing more about what you are doing down in the desert.

  9. likeitiz says:

    Keep us posted, Otto!

  10. Why are you there? Are you working on an article?

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