The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event to demonstrate solidarity with the saharawi people and this year reached its eighth edition.
The run takes place between the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria.
Run by the saharawi sport committee and organized by volunteers from all over the world, the Sahara Marathon, which along with the standard-distance marathon also includes the shorter distances of 21km, 10km and 5km and a race for children, is aimed at promoting sport activity among young Saharawis and financing a humanitarian program, which this year will be the construction of a sport centre for children in Dakhla.
Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.
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