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Algeria / Western Sahara

Bringing fresh food to the desert. Photo credit: EU/ECHO/Zaidi Rafik

What are the needs?

Caught in the cross-fire of the conflict opposing Morocco and the Polisario Front over the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara since 1976, tens of thousands Sahrawian refugees have been living in the Algerian region of Tindouf for almost 40 years. They are settled in five camps in the area, despite its harsh climate and very limited access to basic resources.

How are we helping ?

Since 1993 the European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has helped to meet their basic needs in food, water, housing and medical care.

The European Commission's funding is helping to improve the living conditions of the refugees. The bulk of funds are spent on food aid and ensuring access to safe water. Funding also goes towards the provision of essential medicines and improved sanitation in hospitals, to people with disabilities, and to the provision of materials for tents. Monitoring of food distributions and improvement of the security environment in which our partners operate are another important element of the aid.

Last updated 22/04/2016