What is Western Sahara?

  • (noun): An area in northwestern Africa with rich phosphate deposits; under Moroccan control since 1992.
    Synonyms: Spanish Sahara

Western Sahara

Western Sahara ( i/ˌwɛstərn səˈhærə/, /ˌwɛstən səˈhɑrə/, Arabic: الصحراء الغربية‎ Aṣ-Ṣaḥrā’ al-Gharbīyah, Spanish: Sahara Occidental) is an occupied territory in North Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its surface area amounts to 266,000 square kilometres (103,000 sq mi). It is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands. The population is estimated at just over 500,000, many of whom live in El Aaiún (also called Laâyoune), the largest city in Western Sahara.

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Sahrawi Nationality Law - Status of Moroccan Settlers
... Among the Western Saharan population there is a very significant number of people who have resettled in Western Sahara from Morocco (‘Moroccan settlers’) or who were born in Western Sahara, the ... settlers and their descendents now constitute a majority of the Western Sahara population although estimates vary ... vote in the long stalled United Nations (MINURSO) supervised referendum on Western Sahara independence or integration with Morocco ...
Sahara Film Festival
... The Sahara International Film Festival, also known as FISahara, is an annual event which takes place in the Sahrawi refugee camps, at the South West corner of Algeria, near the ... Front, but largely organised and funded by donors from Spain, the former colonial power in Western Sahara, attracting support from Spanish film celebrities as Penélope Cruz, Pedro Almodóvar, Luis Tosar, Victoria ... of the plight of the Sahrawi people, who have been exiled from their native western Sahara for more than three decades ...
Western Sahara - Culture
... The major ethnic group of the Western Sahara are the Sahrawis, a nomadic or Bedouin tribal or ethnic group speaking the Hassānīya dialect of Arabic, also spoken in much of Mauritania ... This museum is dedicated to the struggle for the independence of the Western Sahara people ...

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