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  Tindouf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tindouf, also written Tinduf, (Arabic: ''تندوف) is a city and wilaya in the west of Algeria, population 30,000.
In the region there are four large refugee camps for people from Western Sahara (Sahrawis): El Aaiun, Awserd, Smara, and Dakhla (not to be confused with the occupied cities after which they are named), with a total population of 165,000.
The headquarters of Polisario, with the government in exile of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), are headquartered in a camp dedicated to administration.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tindouf   (449 words)

 DOCUMENT N¡2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Concerning the "Dakhla camp" (Tindouf), the "polisario", which was officially informed by the MINURSO physicians, of the unavailability of the Moroccan cheikh for sickness reasons, did not accept the resumption of the identification operation in this camp with another cheikh (notable) proposed by Morocco and accepted by the MINURSO (Rguibat Oulad Moussa).
In the "Smara Camp", in Tindouf, the Identification Operation was interrupted because the "polisario" did not accept the son of the cheikh proposed by Morocco (Hassana O. Mohamed El Houcine, Rguibat oulad Moussa tribe, Oulad Sidi H'mad ou Moussa sub-fraction), under the pretext that he was not the eldest of his brothers.
The eldest son claimed by the polisario is in fact settled in the Tindouf camps.
www.mincom.gov.ma /english/reg_cit/regions/sahara/s_maneng.htm   (1486 words)

The military is another important employer, since Tindouf overlooks the border zone to Morocco, Mauritania (and in theory Western Sahara).
Tindouf is very isolated but has fair road connections with Bechar 900 km northeast.
Tindouf retains only little of its traditional desert architecture and city structures.
lexicorient.com /e.o/tindouf.htm   (189 words)

 Tindouf --  Encyclopædia Britannica
The town has a large population of Regeibat nomads and is strategically important owing to its location near the borders of Morocco, Mauritania, and Western Sahara.
Tindouf became the headquarters of the Polisario Front guerrilla organization after...
Transport by pack animals—camels in the north, oxen and donkeys in the south—has retained considerable importance in a society in which a subsistence and barter economy prevails, although transport between cities and regions is increasingly by truck.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9072555?tocId=9072555   (407 words)

 S.O.S HUMANITY........ Petition
For more than 24 years, the “Polisario” has continued to detain, in Tindouf (South of Algeria), 1,481 Moroccan prisoners of war in spite of the ceasefire which took effect on 6 September 1991 and which has been supervised by the United Nations (through the Minurso).
The problem of these prisoners is posed at two levels : (a) that of their recognition as prisoners of war, and (b) that of the treatement which is reserved for them during their detention.
Some prisoners have been maintained in detention in te Tindouf camps for 25 years, and thus forming one of the oldest groups of prisoners of war in the world.
www.petitiononline.com /tindouf/petition.html   (1794 words)

 The black ring   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The program, launched by UNHCR in March 2004, organized family visits between Sahrawi refugees in Tindouf in the Algerian borders, and their families in Morocco.
Upon arriving in Tindouf, the scorching heat and the vastness of the desert strike immediately.
In the meantime, preparations were underway for a group of refugees from Tindouf to visit their relatives on the Moroccan side.
www.unv.org /infobase/voices/2005/05_05_31SYR_voice.htm   (703 words)

 Mohammed Ziane, President of the Moroccan Liberal Party:: "Freedom of a Moroccan citizen is beyond any political ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The MLP and the SCUL prepared lists of Moroccan prisoners in the Tindouf camps and distributed maps of cemeteries where a great number of them, after having been tortured and maimed, were killed and buried in the neighbouring sandy areas of Tindouf.
Among the participants were Lamani Abdellah, electrician and ex-prisoner in the Tindouf camps for 23 years and 11 days.
"Tindouf is par excellence a military base controlled by Polisario who, in turn, are under the direct control of the military intelligence security.
www.benadorassociates.com /pf.php?id=12641   (1149 words)

 FMR 2 August 1998 - 5. Saharawi refugees: life after the camps
Tindouf is an arid, rocky region where living conditions are extremely difficult and survival comes at the price of total dependence on international aid.
UNHCR is aware that the water used in the Tindouf camps (for drinking and farming) has been of poor quality for at least 12 years.
According to Daniel Mora-Castro, UNHCR administrator responsible for water, the water in the Saharawi refugee camps is either of borderline quality or unfit for human consumption (according to recognised chemical and bacteriological standards) and is also highly contaminated with faecal matter.
www.fmreview.org /text/FMR/02/05.htm   (1783 words)

 Aljazeera.Net - Moroccan group ordered off flight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The NGO members were planning to head to the southwestern Algerian city of Tindouf on Tuesday to discuss issues related to Western Sahara.
The association indicated it had been set to call for the repatriation of the remains of Moroccans who have died in camps at Tindouf, home to thousands of displaced mainly Sahrawi refugees and scene of an uprising earlier this year over living conditions.
An association flight in June was similarly prevented from flying to Tindouf, stopped on that occasion at Algiers.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/819CA415-116A-4BD9-B36B-2CE042A02A29.htm   (368 words)

 Morocco / Western Sahara: ICRC visits prisoners held by Polisario Front
Between 18 May and 1 June an ICRC team consisting of a doctor and a dental prosthetist carried out a visit in the southern part of the Western Sahara to 310 of the 1,877 Moroccan prisoners being held by the Polisario Front.
Their aim was to visit these prisoners again so as to evaluate detention conditions and complete the medical assessment begun during the March 1999 visit to the camps in the Tindouf region, which was undertaken to ascertain the needs of the prisoners and the local possibilities for their treatment.
The doctor paid particular attention to the cases of 83 of the 85 prisoners freed in April 1997 who are still waiting to be repatriated to Morocco (two have died since being freed).
www.icrc.org /Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/57JPQY   (442 words)

 WSO | SG Report SG Report S/2003/565 of 23 May 03
On 7 February he visited a detention centre in the Tindouf area in which prisoners of war were being held.
Although the overall situation of food assistance to the Western Saharan refugees in the Tindouf area has improved slightly, shortages remain of some critical items, such as cereals and vegetable oil, and the overall level of donor support for the WFP assistance programme for Western Saharan refugees continues to be low.
On 20 February a delegation of senior African Union representatives visited the Tindouf area refugee camps to conduct an evaluation of the situation and deliver a symbolic $100,000 donation for the refugees.
www.wsahara.net /UN/sg/S2003-565.html   (15799 words)

 MINURSO: Tindouf Liaison Office   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Tindouf liaison office provides a communication channel between MINURSO and the POLISARIO leadership, who's offices are located in Rabouni, some 20kms outside of Tindouf.
It is also the entry point for visits to the refugee camps located in the Tindouf region and the base for MINURSO military to make liaison visits to the camps in the Algerian part of the mission area.
The Tindouf office is housed in a large compound comprising of offices living quarters, and a cafeteria.
www.minurso.unlb.org /MINURSO%20New/06_tindouf.htm   (228 words)

 UNHCR - Ringing the changes for Western Sahara's exiles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
TINDOUF, Algeria, Jan 14 (UNHCR) –; A new talking point has emerged among refugees in western Algeria as the UN establishes a telephone link with their homeland in Western Sahara.
However, following a series of meetings in October and December between the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Alvaro de Soto, senior UNHCR staff and representatives of the Algerian and Moroccan governments as well as the Polisario, the necessary agreements and authorisation were finally received.
The agency has stressed that for this service to work as a confidence-building measure, the agency would need unhindered access to the beneficiaries and assurances as to the confidentiality of the mail and the neutrality of the operating service.
www.unhcr.ch /cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home/opendoc.htm?tbl=NEWS&id=40057bb33&page=news   (684 words)

 Humanitarian Attaché's visit to Algeria   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
WFP opened a field office in Tindouf in 2002 (one expatriate, three local hires) and uses both the Algerian and the Saharawi Red Crescent Societies as its implementing partners.
UNICEF is strangely absent as a UN player in Tindouf, although we were informed that UNICEF’s regional office in Amman visited Tindouf in February 2003.
It is suggested that the UN Agencies in Tindouf carefully review this plan of action with all implementing partners.
usunrome.usembassy.it /files/Algeria.htm   (1695 words)

 Tous pour la libéralisation des marocains séquestres à Tindouf   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
“All for the release of the sequestrated Moroccans in Tindouf”
Al Akhawayn University is joining this call for the liberation of innocent people held hostage in the Tindouf camps, and invites the members of the AUI community to give a thought to the fate of these illegally detained people and sign the petition attached.
This petition will be sent by the Collectif Watanouna to the United Nations, in an effort to contribute to putting an end to the plight of these innocent men, women, and children.
www.aui.ma /homepage/Watanouna.htm   (116 words)

 Morocco/Western Sahara: 201 Moroccan prisoners released and repatriated
Escorted by an ICRC team, the prisoners left Tindouf, Algeria, aboard an aircraft chartered by the organization and were handed over to the Moroccan authorities at the Inezgane military base, near Agadir.
Before the operation, ICRC delegates had interviewed the prisoners individually to make sure that they were being repatriated of their own free will.
While he was in Tindouf, Mr Kellenberger expressed his hope that a way would be found to settle all the issues relating to the Sahrawi refugees who have been living in exile for many years and to families without news of their relatives missing in action.
www.icrc.org /Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/57JQSF   (366 words)

 Sahara refugees form a progressive society | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
TINDOUF, ALGERIA - A dozen women recline on the steps of the main girls' school in the Saharawi refugee camps, their pastel robes like blots of water-color on the whitewashed cement.
Meanwhile the Saharawi refugees, numbering some 160,000, have clung on in camps amid the flat, stony wastes near the town of Tindouf, in southwest Algeria.
When the Saharawis arrived at Tindouf, most of the men had stayed behind as soldiers.
www.csmonitor.com /2004/0326/p04s01-wome.htm   (1087 words)

 Wide Angle. Printable Pages | PBS
TINDOUF, ALGERIA - A dozen women recline on the steps of the main girls' school in the Sahrawi refugee camps, their pastel robes like blots of water-color on the whitewashed cement.
Meanwhile the Sahrawi refugees, numbering some 160,000, have clung on in camps amid the flat, stony wastes near the town of Tindouf, in southwest Algeria.
When the Sahrawi arrived at Tindouf, most of the men had stayed behind as soldiers.
www.pbs.org /wnet/wideangle/printable/sahara_briefing_print.html   (1082 words)

 News Story   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
TINDOUF, Algeria, March 17 (AFP) - In the refugee camps of Tindouf, home for three decades to the Western Saharan refugees in the southwest Algerian desert, a whole generation has grown up nursing dreams of independence which has failed to materialise, breeding frustration.
In order to train up the country's youth and lay the foundation of a viable state, children as young as ten have been sent abroad to study in countries including Cuba, Syria, Algeria or Libya, often having to subordinate their professional aspirations for the good of the whole.
Yet when they come back to Tindouf, chemical engineers have no factory to work at and specialised nurses no hospital.
www.usaforunhcr.org /news2.cfm?ID=2677&catid=2&cat=Hot+News   (682 words)

 Contrasto - Reportage
Tindouf October 2000, saharawi refugee camp, Rabuni - (c) Contrasto
Tindouf October 2000, saharawi refugee camp, "February 27th" school of women - (c) Contrasto
These women from the Western Sahara live in exile in Tindouf (Algeria) refugee camps since 1975, when Spain left the Western Sahara.
www.contrasto.it /eng/reportage/dettaglioprod.asp?idprod=401   (414 words)

A small political office was to remain in Laayoune with a liaison office in Tindouf in order to maintain dialogue between the parties.
The two camps near Tindouf are said to contain approximately 500 enlisted men and 40 officers.
During the visit to the refugee camps in Tindouf, CLAIHR spent a great deal of time interviewing various officials of the SADR government and the POLISARIO, including the President of the SADR and Secretary-General of the POLISARIO, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the National Parliament, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other high-ranking officials.
www.arso.org /CLAIHR.htm   (14278 words)

 maghreb countries political news international conventions.
In the same vein, they reiterated call for international bodies and NGO operating in human rights to swiftly interfere to bring the suffering of the sequestered in Tindouf camps to a halt, end the torture inflicted on them and guarantee their liberty to return to their country.
Meanwhile, in the Tindouf camps, stronghold of the Polisario in southwestern Algeria, the sequestered populations are living in disarray as they are faced with people sponsored by the Algerian intelligence services.
It has to do with thousands of sequestered that are held against their will in the camps and who will not hesitate to run away to regain their country, they stressed, denouncing the dreadful conditions in which Moroccan POWs live in southwestern Algeria and who are used for forced labor works.
www.marweb.net /news/politicsar.htm   (9078 words)

 FTR2002 - Security Council
During the reporting period, the Identification Commission continued its work in its offices in both Laayoune and Tindouf on the electronic archiving of the individual files of all persons who applied to be included in the list of voters for the referendum in Western Sahara.
As a follow-up to the two workshops on international refugee law held in the Tindouf area in 2001, UNHCR organized another workshop in Algiers on 27 February 2002, in the presence of Algerian officials and refugee representatives, aimed at strengthening its protection capacity and establishing a more effective asylum framework in the host country.
On 27 February President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria visited the refugee camps in the Tindouf area, where he met with the Frente POLISARIO leadership and attended festivities marking the twenty-sixth anniversary of the “Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic”.
www.hri.ca /fortherecord2002/documentation/security/s-2002-467.htm   (2051 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
After his talks in Tindouf, Baker arrived in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott late Thursday and handed over a copy of his peace plan to the country's leader, President Maaouiya Ould Taya.
The official AMI news agency quoted Baker as saying that his talks with Ould Taya had been "very friendly and constructive," and that the Mauritanian leader had asked him "some very interesting questions." Mauritania borders the Western Sahara to the south.
The SADR was admitted in 1982 to the Organisation of African Unity, leading Morocco to withdraw from the pan-African body, which last year was formally transformed into the African Union.
www.middle-east-online.com /english?id=4029=4029&format=0   (538 words)

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The Chairman of the Identification Commission also met with the POLISARIO Coordinator at Tindouf on 6 October 1999, and with the Moroccan Coordinator at Laayoune on 8 and 19 October 1999.
I met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Morocco, Mohamed Benaissa, and the Frente POLISARIO Coordinator with MINURSO, Emhamed Khaddad, at Headquarters on 29 September and 28 October 1999, respectively.
During UNHCR's pre-registration and needs assessment of refugees in the Tindouf camps, the vast majority continued to express their desire to repatriate only to the Territory East of the berm due to fear for their safety and security if they returned West of the berm.
www.hri.ca /fortherecord1999/documentation/security/s-1999-1098.htm   (2614 words)

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