The strength of Saharawi women
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Sahara woman has always played a fundamental prominent in her own society that is infact a matriarchal one. During the war against Marocco(1975-1… Read More
Sahara woman has always played a fundamental prominent in her own society that is infact a matriarchal one. During the war against Marocco(1975-1991) ,they were been compelled to run away in the most ostile part of Sahara desert: the Hammada. Without any kind of help from men, who were been engaged in the battles too many kilometers from there, Saharawi women were been able to grow up the refugees camps,where a part of the Saharawi population is still leaving( about 250.000 persons) to the logistic point of wiev, through the construction of tends, houses, schools, hospitals as well as political, social and cultural. Infact nowdays,most of them exercise important institutional assignments and everyone of them take part at the conventions between women who then are often determinants in many governative decisions. they wish their population could return in the territory from where they were forced to go away and where their relatives are still leaving under occupation; they are also divided from a 2400 km wall,full of mines, built by Morocco, just to deny the possibilty to the Saharawi people to return to their own country. I lived there two months like a guest in their refugee camps; in paticular with my saharawi refugee musician friends i made a musical project. I focused my photographic research just on the women, making a series of portraits contextualized and about 50 interviews of them. Read Less
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                                           THE STRENGTH OF SAHARAWI  WOMEN   Sahara woman has always played a fundamental role in her own society, that indeed is a matriarchal one.
During the war against Morocco (1975-1991) women have been forced to run away and refugee in the most hostile part of Sahara desert: the Hammada.
Without any kind of help from men, who were engaged in the battles many kilometers from there, Saharawi women have been able to organize the community life in the refugees camps, where  a part of the Saharawi population is still living( about 250.000 persons).  They worked for the construction of tents, houses, schools, hospitals and the political, social and cultural dimension.  
Nowdays, lots of them are in charge of important institutional assignments and all of them take part at the women meetings that are often very influent in many governative decisions.
They wish their population could return in the territory they were forced to leave and where their relatives are still living under occupation; they are also divided from a 2400 km wall surrounded by mines built by Morocco in order to deny them the possibilty  to return to their own country.


I spent two months in a refugee camp as a guest, where I focused my photographic research on the Saharawi women realizing a series of environmental portraits and about 50 interviews.