Western Sahara

Trip Start Nov 10, 2012
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Trip End Aug 08, 2013


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Friday, December 7, 2012

4th December A lazy day in Essaouira. We bushcamped just outside the town.
5th December We saw a herd of wild pigs whilst at breakfast. We drove all day South via Agadir, seeing goats in trees along the way. It was again my cookgroup, and we bushcamped.
6th December My cookgroup had to  do lunch - we are on 3 for 3 on bushcamps dinner and truck lunch. We were stopped by police checkpoints as we drove South. We bushcamped.
7th December We entered the Western Sahara, via Laayoune. There were many more police checkpoints as the Western Sahara is disputed territory - formerly a Spanish colony, when Spain  moved out in 1975, after a guerrilla campaign by the Polisario Front, the area was claimed by both Morocco and Mauritania, whilst Polisario wanted independence. To distract attention from trouble in Morocco King Hassan II orchestrated the Green March - 350,000 Moroccan civilians marched into the Western Sahara, followed soon after by 100,000 troops to combat resistance by Polisario. The UN achieved a ceasefire in 1991, with a referendum promised with regards to independence, but it has yet to take place, and Morrocans are still moving in, as they do not pay taxes there, and there is large investment in infrastructure.  We stopped at a collapsed sea cave, and bushcamped .
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