Western Sahara: The Last Colony by Andrew McConnell

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Saleh Mohamed Mulud Sidi, 35, Agricultural Engineer. Pictured in Njeila Gardens, near the Saharawi refugee camps, Algeria: 'I was born in Smara in 1974. My family came here in '79, they fled the Moroccans during the battle of Smara. Life for me here is beautiful but it was not our wish to be here. We are building our state here to take it there. Njeila is a natural garden, it was named after the palm trees. I am the agricultural engineer; we grow onions, tomatoes, cucumber, pimiento, dates and melons. We could not recognise the plants when we first came here. We distribute the food to the people in the camps. We do it according to the seasons of the plants, we try to harvest two times a year. We have a well and we have a pump, the water is not very deep and everyday we water the garden. I was sent to study the science of plants in Libya because I had good marks. I was interested in plants. I learnt how to grow plants in the desert, we put fertiliser in the water, it's not difficult. We must somehow depend on ourselves, aid is necessary but the people here appreciate this food more than any other, it tastes better and it is free.'.