Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Happy Independence Day

31 years ago today the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic was declared in Bir Lehlou. Celebrations are going on inTifariti, SADR's temporary capital inside the Polisario-controlled portion of Western Sahara.

Tifariti is mainly ruins left over from the war with Morocco, but that shouldn't stop Sahrawis and their supporters from having a good time. ARSO reports that there will be a marathon, a solidarity conference, and a conference of Sahrawi sister cities.

While it's a happy day, the commemoration must be tinged with foreboding about Western Sahara's future. Human rights abuses inside the territories continue, and France supports the autonomy plan. I don't think the promise of today's celebrations will be fulfilled until they're held in El Aaiún.

But that's no reason to get down, just a reason to work harder. As my gift to you, here's a link to a generous collection of pictures from the Western Sahara. A group went to the Western Sahara to document the archaeological and paleontological treasures there, and posted the pictures on the internet. For an idea of what Tifariti looks like, check out this ancient tank and these curious standing stones.


  1. Anonymous4:55 AM

    Hi Will

    I have noticed that the Saharawi government launched their official website…
    It is under : https://www.rasd-state.ws/
    Don’t work of course .
    This .ws domain is already reserved to SAMOA Island not to Western Sahara!

    May you will or your organization can help saharwis register their NIC domain
    They can choose let us see .sah

    Thanks in advance

  2. I saw SADR launched its website. To be honest, I'm surprised it took so long. Good thing ARSO has been an online Western Sahara presence since the internet was invented.

    I don't know what governing body would decide if Western Sahara could have a domain suffix or who would administer it, but it would be a good little emailing campaign.

  3. Anonymous10:48 PM

    The correct address is: http://www.rasd-state.ws/

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