Saharawi women

Saharawi women stand near their tent at the protest camp on the outskirts of Western Sahara's main city Laayoune. The thousands in this camp amount to be the biggest protest in three decades in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony annexed by Morocco in 1975 and now the subject of Africa's longest-running territorial dispute. However, the protesters are steering clear of the status question and are focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues: they say they want the Moroccan government to provide more jobs and better housing.

( Reuters photo / November 7, 2010 )

Saharawi women stand near their tent at the protest camp on the outskirts of Western Sahara's main city Laayoune. The thousands in this camp amount to be the biggest protest in three decades in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony annexed by Morocco in 1975 and now the subject of Africa's longest-running territorial dispute. However, the protesters are steering clear of the status question and are focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues: they say they want the Moroccan government to provide more jobs and better housing.

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