Smara Saharawi refugee camp
Green Left Weekly, Sunday, March 20, 2011
By Tony Iltis
Western Sahara is the last country in Africa awaiting decolonisation.
Invaded by Spain in the late 19th century, mass mobilisations in the early 1970s heralded the birth of the modern independence movement.
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On Sunday 6 March Western Sahara, represented by the Australia Western Sahara Association, was one of twelve countries taking part in a West African Festival at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne.
The festival was opened by The Hon Nicholas Kotsiras, the Victorian State Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship with all the countries taking part in the welcome ceremony in their national dress.
During the day visitors were entertained with music, film, workshops (eg djembe drum making) and cookery demonstrations. Each country displayed cultural artefacts and photographs.
Youtube link: Raising the flag for Western Sahara, 27 Feb 2011
Melbourne (Australia) February28, 2011(SPS) The Saharawi national day was celebrated in Australia with flag raising ceremonies and a dinner organized by the Australia Western Sahara Association in addition to musical concerts and exchange speeches. According to the Saharawi representation in Australia.