Every now and then we hear about a group of people escaping the torture inflicted in the camps of Tindouf in the south western Algeria to join their Morocco. Last Thursday 33 Sahrawis managed to flee the camps of Tindouf, last Sunday a group of 15 Sahrawi joined them and yesterday 13 youngsters aged between 22 and 29, unfortunately only two women were with them this time, could make it to their motherland. The returning groups recounted the unhumane conditions in the camps and called on the Sahrawis
imprisoned in Tindouf camps to never lose hope and keep trying to join them in their homeland, Morocco. They also denounced the systematic embezzlement of humanitarian aid by the Polisario in the camps of Tindouf, underlining that the majority of the Sahrawis are captured there against their will and they are eager to return to Morocco.
The camps of Tindouf in Algeria are, according to many humanitarian organizations, a big prison for the Sahrawis who have been suffering there for decades. International NGO “World Action for Refugees” called on the Algerian authorities to open the Tindouf camps to UN observers to allow them conduct a census of populations held against their will in the camps. The president of the NGO, Eric Cameroun, sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon urging Algeria to respect the Sahrawis who have been suffering in Tindouf and captured against their will. He also condemned the “barbaric act” to which Rahmouna Dahouse, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) officer has been a victim during the execution of her duties in the camps of Tindouf, south west of Algeria.
While strongly condemning this “repugnant act,” the Norwegian NGO denounced the plight suffered by thousands of Saharan women for decades on the territory of Algeria, “which resigned to all its international obligations.