Life Is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara, 2015

Iara Lee
Life Is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara, 2015
Colour, Arabic, Spanish and French (Arabic and English subtitles)
1h
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Synopsis

The Western Sahara remains Africa’s last colony after 40 years of fighting for freedom by departing the Spanish rulers from its territory. However, the Sahrawi people have continued to live under the oppressive Moroccan armed forces' where they struggle to find peace, in spite of the UN-brokered ceasefire that put an end to armed hostilities in 1991. Nevertheless, the rise of the youth generation challenges the human rights abuses by deploying creative nonviolent movements for the cause of self-determination, and demand the long-promised referendum on freedom. Despite that they risk their lives with torture and disappearance at the hands of Moroccan authorities, they also push back against those who seek help from the international community, and consequently they are not afraid to launch another guerrilla war.