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Western Sahara, a Territory on the north-west coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria, was administered by Spain until 1976. Both Morocco and Mauritania affirmed their claim to the territory, a claim opposed by the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguia el-Hamra y de Río de Oro (Frente POLISARIO). The Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, are a collection of refugee camps, set up in the Tindouf Province, Algeria in 1975-76 for Sahrawi refugees during the period of war. The camps are divided into four wilayas (districts) named after towns in Western Sahara; Laayoune, Awserd, Smara and Dakhla. In addition comes the smaller satellite camp "February 27", surrounding the boarding school for women, and the administrative camp Rabouni. See here are a group of women at the end of the day in Camp " February 27" watching sunset from one of the hills. Photo by UNMIT/Martine Perret. June 2010

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Western Sahara
Western Sahara, a Territory on the north-west coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria, was administered by Spain until 1976. Both Morocco and Mauritania affirmed their claim to the territory, a claim opposed by the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguia el-Hamra y de Río de Oro (Frente POLISARIO). The Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, are a collection of refugee camps, set up in the Tindouf Province, Algeria in 1975-76 for Sahrawi refugees during the period of war. The camps are divided into four wilayas (districts) named after towns in Western Sahara; Laayoune, Awserd, Smara and Dakhla. In addition comes the smaller satellite camp "February 27", surrounding the boarding school for women, and the administrative camp Rabouni. See here are a group of women at the end of the day in Camp " February 27" watching sunset from one of the hills. Photo by UNMIT/Martine Perret. June 2010