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AP provides rare coverage of rebel conflict in Western Sahara

A soldier of the Polisario Front fires a rocket toward Morocco, near Mehaires, Western Sahara, Oct. 14, 2021. After 30 years of cease-fire, the Polisario Front has taken up arms again in its quest for an independent Western Sahara. The flare-up in the conflict is fueled by frustration among new generations of Sahrawi refugees who believe that the wait for a referendum on self-determination, as promised by the United Nations, has only played on Morocco's benefit while their lives languished in unforgiving desert camps. (AP Photo / Bernat Armangue)

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The Madrid duo of photographer Bernat Armangue and chief correspondent Aritz Parra shed light on one of the world’s most obscure conflicts with all-formats coverage of the fighting between Morocco and the Polisario Front, which seeks independence for the Sahrawi people in the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

The flare-up in the conflict, after nearly 30 years of cease-fire, is fueled by frustration among new generations of Sahrawi refugees who believe that the wait for a referendum on self-determination, as promised by the United Nations, has only worked to Morocco’s benefit while they languished in unforgiving desert camps.

The pair spent a week with the rebel movement, providing a rare glimpse of rebel rocket and artillery positions, as well as life inside Polisario refugee camps in neighboring Algeria.

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