The Sahrawi people have called for international recognition of their state-in-exile in Western Sahara for more than four decades, Hannah Armstrong (West Africa, 2012-2014) writes for The American Scholar. But the outside world has largely ignored the refugees’ dispute with Morocco.

“From 2013 to 2018, I made six trips to the Western Saharan exiled state,” she writes. “Each time, I left inspired by the boldness and endurance of the Sahrawis’ idealism. They were so devoted to their vision of a free future that they were willing to tough it out in camps for decades, against overwhelming odds, to continue their collective struggle.”

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