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Dakhla is an isolated refugee camp in the Sahara. Image: Evan Schneider/UN Photo

A woman in Dakhla Refugee Camp.

Some 90,000 Sahrawis, or native Saharans, have lived in desolate tent camps in Algeria since the late 1970s, where they fled to escape warfare between Morocco and the Algeria. Several generations of Saharan refugees of Moroccan, Algerian and Mauritanian origin remain trapped in an old desert conflict. People living in the Polisario camps in southwestern Algeria cannot seek citizenship, work permits or refugee status. Escapees tell of abuse, lack of basic services and infiltration by traffickers.

23 June 2003
Algeria
Image: Evan Schneider/UN Photo

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