When a Refugee Camp is Really a Prison in Disguise
WASHINGTON, DC- Last month, I traveled to Dakhla, Morocco, where I met with Marlaha and Khallihanna, two Sahrawi refugees who grew up in and ultimately managed to escape from the Polisario-run camps near Tindouf in southwestern Algeria.
Flying in to Dakhla, Morocco on the Atlantic Coast of North Africa, where the vast Sahara desert meets the sea. Photo: MAP
Khallihanna was sent to Algeria as a child where he learned how to take apart a Kalashnikov. As an adult, he was caught in his 1st attempt to escape the camps and imprisoned by the Polisario. He succeeded his 2nd try and now lives in Dakhla. Photo: J. Merran
Jordana Merran, Director of Media, Moroccan American Center