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ABOVE: Malainin Aomar, 66, a Polisario Front soldier, watches the Moroccan Wall near Auserd, in Polisario-controlled Western Sahara. Aomar joined the Polisario Front in 1974 because he supported its aim of liberating Western Sahara from almost 100 years of Spanish occupation. ‘For me, the only future is the liberation of my country and my people,’he says.‘We have to go back to war. We don’t like war, but we have to finish this situation. We have been waiting for 34 years, it’s enough’; BELOW: Lahbieb Embarek Ahmed, 47, in the desert with his camels near the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria. ‘[The] only thing I know is camels. I have lived with camels and they have lived with me and that’s all I know,’ he says. ‘The peace process is a good thing. My land is very beautiful but I am like the others; what will happen to them will happen to me. I am with the majority; if they choose war, I am with them’

28 www.geog raphical.co.uk January 2011

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