Child Sponsor Western Sahara

The Western Sahara with its population of just over half a million people is located in north-east Africa, with Morocco to its north, a small strip forming a border with Algeria to its north-east, Mauritania to its south and east and the Atlantic Ocean to its west.

Its a disputed territory between the Polisario Front which mainly operates out of Algeria and Morocco without formal country status however effectively occupied by Morocco after it annexed the northern two thirds of the territory in 1976 and then claimed the rest of the Western Sahara as its own in 1979.

Tindouf Refugee campMorocco cite that the Western Saharan is a natural part of its kingdom whilst the Polisario Front demand independence for the territory. UN brokered talks have continued to stall not least because there is no consensus on who should be able to vote in any proposed referendum.

Western Sahara ChildThere are a total of 102,000 Sahrawi refugees out of the Western Sahara's total population of 507,160 living in these camps at Tindouf (right), Algeria, (a further 20,000 refugees live in Mauritania) located in the Sahara Desert where temperatures often soar above 50 degrees and there is little or no vegetarian. Food, water and supplies are furnished by international aid agencies.

The United Nations reports that 10% of the children there under the age of five suffer malnutrition whilst for a third of those children the malnourishment is acute. Matters are compounded by the camps having limited access to safe water. Natural events have added to the misery with flash rains and floods engulfing the camps.

Given the nature of the territory there are no current direct opportunities to sponsor a child in the Western Sahara, however many children in need of a sponsor are refugees living in camps in neighbouring Algeria.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You can contact the following charities who work with these children and families to provide support.

www.sandblast-arts.org

If you work with children in Western Sahara tell us about your work here