AWSA organizes a speaking tour in Australia “to talk about the plight of the last colony in Africa”

Sidney (Australia) 31 August 2019 (SPS)- Australia Western Sahara Association (AWSA) announced the prominent organization of a visit and speaking tour to various Australian cities for a young Saharawi activist, Ms. Tecber Ahmed Saleh, which will take place from the 2nd to the 27th September 2019.

The visit will be an opportunity to “talk about the plight of her country, Western Sahara - Africa's last colony”, AWSA declared in a press release issued on the occasion.

Tecber was born in a refugee camp in Algeria where her family has lived for more than 40 years. “they fled there when Morocco invaded Western Sahara in 1975. Tecber has studied in the USA and Spain and is a highly qualified, international spokesperson for Western Sahara,” the press release adds.

Tecber “will speak about the long wait for the promised United Nations referendum, life in the camps, the exploitation of her country's natural resources and about the human rights abuses suffered by Saharawi people living in the territory occupied by Morocco.

“This is a longstanding de-colonisation issue. It is crucial for the stability of the North African region that it is settled,” said Lesley Osborne, Secretary of AWSA, which is hosting Tecber’s visit.

Western Sahara is strategically positioned to impact on the Maghreb region of northern Africa as well as southern Europe. The territory is also important due to its abundance of natural resources, particularly fisheries and phosphates, which have been imported by Australian companies.

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