Sahrawi NGO Highlights Women’s Plight in Tindouf Camps

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A Sahrawi NGO has highlighted the desperate situation of women and girls in the Tindouf camps, south-eastern Algeria, where they are systematically deprived of their most basic rights.

Speaking on the occasion of the World Assembly for Women, held as part of the 2018 World Social Forum (WSF), to run until March 17th in El Salvador, Othmane Bentaleb from the Saharawi Association for the Defense of Human Rights (ASADEDH) shed light on the dire conditions suffered by women held against their will in the Tindouf camps.

Reduced to mere “procreation machines” to swell the ranks of a regime that only serves its interests, these women are suffering a lot because of their precarious state and the forced deportation of their children to distant countries to be raised in the ideology of hatred, he lamented.

In four decades of deprivation, violation of the most basic rights and degrading treatment, the women of these camps form a lost generation without soul or identity, Bentaleb told MAP at the end of the meeting.

Girls too are not spared by networks that do not hesitate to use them to stir public opinion and collect humanitarian aid, which are later diverted, he said.

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