Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 05/2015

40 Years of Exile: Have the Sahrawi refugees been abandoned by the international community?

Baptiste Chapuis, Soazic Dupuy, Liesbeth Goossens

April 2015

Oxfam Publishing


Forty years after the Sahrawi refugee crisis began the social pressures on the men and women who live in these camps and the problems concerning their humanitarian situation are becoming ever more unbearable. Today, their voices must be heard. Oxfam has worked with Sahrawi refugees since the 1970s. Based on this experience, this report gives tangible insights in their way of living, their aspirations and their growing frustration over what they consider the inability of the international community to uphold their rights. In order to bring about a definitive resolution to the crisis, Oxfam calls on the international community to increase its efforts to ensure dignified lives for these people and to ensure that international law is respected.