a view the
International Court of Justice upheld in 1975. Whilst internal events in Mauritania led them out of the dispute,
Morocco ignored the court ruling and moved in. There has been conflict ever since including the building of a 1677 mile defensive sand and stone wall
structure laced with mines between Moroccan control areas of Western Sahara and areas controlled by the Polisario Front, a group that was set up in 1973 to represent the interests of the Saharawis.
Today there are around 165,000 Saharawis living in semi autonomous refugee camps in Algeria, completely dependent on foreign aid and that is where the limited volunteer work is available, not
actually volunteering in the West Sahara but carrying
out volunteer work with those who have fled the country. If you run or
know of a volunteer work project in Western Sahara let us know
by contacting us here. We look forward
to hearing from you!