Western Sahara is today divided into two by one of the world's biggest minefields. After Morocco occupied Western Sahara, they placed millions of American and European landmines in the frontline on the east part of the country.
Today the mines are covering a large part of the territory controlled by Polisario.
The Norwegian government has supported the British organisation Landmine Action in claring the mines and the undetonated cluster munition in the country.
The support came, according to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, as a response to an official delegation from the Ministry to the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria last year. The government last year donated 3 million Norwegian kroners.
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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