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Saharawi Media and Resistance: Faceless Media Activists Women from Occupied Western Sahara:

Faceless Media Activists Women from Occupied Western Sahara:
In the Western world the reality of Western Sahara is unknown due to the information blockade imposed by Morocco, an illegal occupant since 1975, to one of Africa’s richest territories. This imposed media silence prevents foreign journalists from entering the occupied territories, and the few who manage to enter are persecuted and expelled as was the most recent case of Robert McShane of The Economist.
Saharawi youth in the occupied territories breaks this silence through various Sahrawi media tools available through the Internet, and which are disseminated through smartphone applications in addition to other tech and internet tools
In an environment of extreme vigilance and violence, Saharawi journalists risk their physical integrity daily working clandestinely. Young people develop ways to get some information and images out of the terror that their inhabitants live under Moroccan occupation, the plunder of natural resources and the social, economic and political apartheid to which they are subjected.
During the trial of the group of political prisoners of Gdeim Izik executed more than 1000 km away from Western Sahara in Rabat, and where many several Sahrawi media teams had to travel to cover the events. Living in precarious conditions and without any remuneration they do the impossible.
Aicha Babeit, 24, a Media activist from Boujdour city is the youngest of the group that we find. She films, records and writes for the Media in Boujdour, as well as Meriem Zafri, 33 years old, who is a member of Salwan Media group. Meriem El Bourhimi 34 years old, Nazha Khalidi and Afaf Houseini 32 years old, all from Equipe Media an RASD T.V teams, and Salha Boutanguiza, 33 years old from RASD TV team as well. All of them have in common a strength and capacity to resist, convinced that their role in the struggle for the independence of their people is through word and image. Every day, they are persecuted, often attacked and under constant surveillance where their houses are always surrounded by one or more vehicles and agents of the occupation forces to control their whereabouts and to check who enters and who leaves.
The photos of the brutal beatings Ms.Salha Bountaguiza were subjected to are spread all over the social networks, but not enough to illustrate the degree of violence to which she and her colleagues are victim of.
The work done by these women is only possible thanks to the support of the whole Saharawi family and society which provides for them protecion and support despite the hard conditions and the lack of resources.
The hard work, despite the tough conditions and the risk that these women journalists face, is not to achieve fame or progress in their careers, but rathe rfor the sole purpose of breaking the silence and alert the international community which is a strategy indispensable and integral part of The struggle and the Sahrawi resistance.
The Saharawi media coverage during the trial in Rabat makes us think that, in fact,we ll owe a huge debt to these j militant women journalists. The debt of spreading the suffering and the plight of our Saharwi fellow cmpatriots and brothers and sisters in the peaceful no violent rsistance that transcend the unimaginable extremes, without any protection for them or their families, who are living in a larger prison: The Western Sahara under occupation.
These Media activist Women are indeed: Journalists without portfolio who honor the profession.
Translated and modified by: Mohamed Brahim
With special permission from the team of Por un Sahara Libre
Source: porunsaharalibre.org

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