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West & North Africa

Saharawi Response / Algeria

The Saharawi refugee crisis is one of the most protracted refugee crises in the world. Saharawi refugees were forced to flee their homes in Western Sahara in 1975, when Morocco’s claim over the territory triggered an armed conflict with the Polisario Front, a liberation movement recognized by the United Nations (UN) as the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people.

Displacement trends

Source: | UNHCR

Core sectors Saharawi Response / Algeria

Economic Recovery
Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding
Shelter and Settlements
Camp Coordination and Camp Management

Why we are there

The conflict in Western Sahara is still ongoing. It has left landmines and explosive remnants of war scattered across the territory, making it one of the most contaminated in the world and hindering socio-economic development and future returns. Refugees are highly dependent on humanitarian aid for their daily survival. DRC is active in the five Saharawi refugee camps in southwestern Algeria.

What we do

DRC programming provides young refugees with start-up business grants, business and technical training, and monitoring and coaching, helping them to strengthen their livelihoods skills and assets, and empowering them to sustainably meet their needs and those of their community.