Untold Stories

Toufa Muhammed Ali (23) has a hard time holding back her tears when she tells us about the education she was never able to finish.

«I wanted to study medicine. I wanted to become a surgeon who could save the lives of my countrymen. There isn’t any med school here, and I was studying in Algeria when my mother got some serious lung-problems, which unabled her to take care of the family. My father, bless him, is a martyr in the struggle for freedom, and as I was the eldest daughter I had to come back to the camp to look after mom, our house and my younger half-sister.»

No one forced Toufa to return, and she knows her aunt gladly would have looked after her mother. But this was never an option for the young Saharawi woman. According to tradition it is the eldest daughter’s duty to take care…

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8 thoughts on “

  1. Such a waste. A bright, young woman with her life in front of her…and so few options.

  2. I think I got a little ahead of myself and commented on the original blog site, Otto, but I must say that this was appropriately very disturbing to me. This isn’t a part of the world that I have previously been in touch with, and I’m ashamed to admit my ignorance here! But you’ve given me a reason to learn more and my heart is really moved by this young woman’s story. It was an important story to share. Debra

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