Before Asria Mohamed had come to speak to us at shool I had no idea about what was happening in Western Sahara.
I couldn`t imagine that it is the last colony in Africa which is still fighting for its freedom from Morocco, that it has one of the most organized refugee camp in the world (with more than 165.000 people), or that in this area there is the second longest wall that humans have ever built(after the Chinese ONE), which divides the country in two different areas where you can`t travel in.
I know that my unknowledge is unacceptable but as Asria said, most of the people are in this same situation, unconscious of what`s been happening for so many years. She told us that this ignorance is justified by the silence of the media. This might make no sense for you, why shouldn`t media write about this really big conflict? Her answer is as simple as sad: the information that people want to read are about drama and violence, while polisario (the movement that`s trying to make WS independent) use only peaceful demonstration to defend their ideas. This is what really shocked me the most! How is possible that having views is more important than giving solidarity to those people who are doing the right thing? It`s so hypocritical that we all say that wars are bad and that instead of them there should be more peaceful movements, and then, when somebody actually try to change things, we just ignore them. What kind of message do we give them?
It would be so important for them to have support, and we can give it to them even only writing on newspapers about the story of Sultana, a defender of human rights who`s been hit and kicked many times by Moroccan police during peaceful demonstration while she was just standing in a road. She had really serious injuries and once, in 2007, she had been beated so hard that her eye fell out. But this didn`t stopped her and now she`s still protesting with many others people like her.
They must know that they are not alone and that what they`re doing will help us understand that we can always find a good way to solve problems.