Tindouf : young Sahrawis and terrorist temptation

The frustration of young Sahrawis living in Tindouf camps, under the Polisario implacable control, pushes more and more young people to rush up to the terrorist groups and the criminal networks scouring the Sahelo-Saharan zone.
The statement was made by the UN Secretary General Personal envoy for the Sahara, Christopher Ross, himself. This observation stands as a warning, especially that it comes just before the new round of informal negotiations about the future of the Western Sahara. A region over which the Polisario, an armed movement financed by Algeria, disputes with Morocco. This meeting expected during the month of February in Manhasset, near New York, should gather, like the 8 previous meetings, the delegations of Morocco, Polisario, Algeria and Mauritania. The warning of Christopher Ross seems to be addressed to all the protagonists because, for him, “the absence of a solution has introduced increasing risks for the concerned parties, the region of the Maghreb and for the (whole) international community”.

At the top of these threats related to the maintaining of the Polisario camps in Algeria, there is the growing risk “of recruiting young frustrated and jobless Sahrawis by criminal groups and terrorists”. The frustration of these Sahrawis in Tindouf camps is not a recent feeling but it has become more difficult to make these young people accept their situation of almost detained people. The Tindouf camps host, inside the Algerian territory, throusands of Sahrawis living under the close control, at the same time, of the Polisario militia and the terrible DRS, the Algerian military intelligence services. But it is the absence of liberty of expression and movement which makes the young Sahrawis in Tindouf very furious.


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