The Sahrawi people

They are nearly 100,000 refugees that for almost 40 years have been living segregated in one of the largest refugee camps in the world. A huge area made of metal sheets and sand in the middle of the Sahara desert.

They call the Saharawi the “people of the desert”. Their home, a thriving area known as Western Sahara, was invaded by Morocco in 1975, forcing them to flee to the middle of the dessert.

Since then, the humanitarian tragedy of the Saharawi people has become one of the longest and most controversial situations. A silent tragedy that the world prefers to ignore.

For over fifteen years Rio de Oro Onlus has been working directly within the refugee camps providing free medical care to the refugees, building health facilities, forming local staff, distributing special medicines and defending the dignity of the disabled.