"We pay closely attention to the situation for the Saharawi refugees, and know that the situation has gone from bad to worse following the floodings in October", Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende wrote in a letter to parliamentarian Trine Skei Grande, on 6th November 2015.
"In view of the precarious situation which has emerged, the [Norwegian] government has decided to give an extraordinary contribution on 5 million kroners to the World Food Programme, which coordinates the food distribution in the camps" Brende wrote in the letter. The amount would correspond to approximately 670.000 Euros.
This comes in addition to what Norway is already contributing with: Norcap has seconded one person, and the Norwegian government is financing a nutritionist for Norwegian Church Aid which is present in the camps.
"This is one of the world's forgotten crisis", Brende wrote regarding the situation of the refugees.
Half of the people of Western Sahara has been living as refugees for 40 years, following Morocco's and Mauritania's military occupation of parts of the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, which was Spanish at the time of occupation.
The flooding came as a consequence of heavy rainfall. Possibly 25.000 people lost their homes from the rain.
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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