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Western Sahara is a territory in Northwest Africa. It borders Algeria, Mauritania, and Morocco, as well as having a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The territory of Western Sahara is largelly defacto controlled by Morocco, although some eastern parts of the territory are controlled by the independence movement, the Polisario Front, through its Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) government.

The reason for the complex situation in Western Sahara relates to the decolonization process. In 1975, Western Sahara was a Spanish colony, but Spain, with its leader, General Francisco Franco dying, was under pressure to withdraw from the colony. Meanwhile Morocco claimed a historical right to the territory, and Mauritania claimed parts of the territory as "Greater Mauritania". The result was the Madrid Pact between Mauritania, Meanwhile Morocco, and Spain which divided the territory between the first two, and provided for continuing Spanish economic interests. However, the Madrid Pact was strongly opposed by Algeria and the Polisario Front, which both supported independence. This conflict led to guerilla war, with Algeria backing the Polisario guerillas, and in 1976, even committing some troops.

Spain soon (by 1976), abandoned all interests in the territory, and Mauritania also withdrew entirely in 1979, and although a a ceasefire has been in effect between Morocco and the Polisario Front since 1991, the territory remains divided and its status in dispute.
  • Morocco defacto controls and claims sovereignty over the entire territory.

  • Some eastern parts of the territory are controlled by the independence movement, the Polisario Front, through its Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic government. The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) government is recognized by the African Union and around 80 other national governments.

  • The United Nations still considers Western Sahara to be a non-decolonized territory, with Spain as the administrating power, since, in its view, no formal decolonization process took place.
As of 2009, the population of Western Sahara was estimated as being 513,000. The territory's largest city is El Aaiún (Laáyoune), which, as of 2009, had a population of 194,668, and has been under the de facto control of Morocco 1976. The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) considers El Aaiún to be the de jure capital of Western Sahara.

Western Sahara Country Details


Country Name Western Sahara
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Northwest Africa
Principal Languages
  • Arabic
  • Berber
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Capital El Aaiún


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    The Timbuktu School for Nomads: Across the Sahara in the Shadow of Jihad
    By Nicholas Jubber

    Nicholas Brealey
    Released: 2016-11-15
    Hardcover (228 pages)

    The Timbuktu School for Nomads: Across the Sahara in the Shadow of Jihad
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    The Timbuktu School for Nomads is a unique look at a resilient city and how the nomads pit ancient ways of life against the challenges of the 21st century.

    The Sahara: a dream-like, far away landscape of Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, The English Patient and Star Wars, and home to nomadic communities whose ways of life stretch back millennia. Today it's a teeth-janglingly dangerous destination, where the threat of jihadists lurks just over the horizon. Following in the footsteps of 16th century traveller Leo Africanus, Nicholas Jubber went on a turbulent adventure to the forgotten places of North Africa and the legendary Timbuktu.

    Once the seat of African civilization and home to the richest man who ever lived, this mythic city is now scarred by terrorist occupation and is so remote its own inhabitants hail you with the greeting, 'Welcome to the middle of nowhere'.

    From the cattle markets of the Atlas, across the Western Sahara and up the Niger river, Nicholas joins the camps of the Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, and other communities, to learn about their craft, their values and their place in the world.
    Mauritania 1: 1,750,000 Geographical Travel Map, Gizi
    By Gizi

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    Mauritania 1: 1,750,000 Geographical Travel Map, Gizi
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    Mauritania 1: 1,750,000 Geographical Travel Map GIZI

    2009 This map covers Mauritania and Western Sahara with excellent topographic information and a street plan of central Nouakchot indicating main public buildings, hotels and various facilities.

    Vivid altitude colouring with graphics for deserts, flood plains and salt flats shows the terrain. Oases, water wells and numerous spot heights are marked and the map provides plenty of names of geographical features: peaks, mountain chains and rock outcrops, plains, etc. Road network shows distances on main roads and includes dirt tracks. The map also shows locations of local airfields and the route of the iron ore railway line from the mines at Zouérat to the coast. Symbols highlight various places of tourist interest including world heritage sites, forts and archaeological remains, national parks and protected areas, beaches, etc.

    Names of main towns and important geographical features are also given in Arabic. Internal administrative boundaries are shown with names of the provinces. The map had latitude and longitude lines at intervals of 1º. Map legend includes English. The index lists separately locations in Mauritania, Western Sahara, plus the adjoining regions of Mali and Senegal.

    Western Sahara Travel Journal, Pop. 522,928 + Me
    By Dragon Dragon Travel Journals

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    Western Sahara Travel Journal, Pop. 522,928 + Me
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    There is always room for you in Western Sahara!

    Here’s the Dragon Dragon Travel Journal deal.

    You wander the world having adventures, and such. Dragon Dragon provides you with 200 pages to document your travels, discoveries and insights. That’s it. Simple. Beautiful. True.

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    Wherever you go in this life, a Dragon Dragon Travel Journal can help make the going better and the remembering easier!

    The Western Sahara Travel Journal
    By Younghusband World Travel Journals

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    "I don't always design travel journals, but when I do they are the kind of travel journals that people throw parades for." - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

    THE WESTERN SAHARA TRAVEL JOURNAL has been carefully crafted by the legendary nomad Cormac Younghusband to help make your trip unforgettable, fun and organized—with plenty of room to help spur spontaneity and document new discoveries.

    This journal can help you plan, live out and record every stage of your journey to Western Sahara—from pre-trip, to getting there, to being there, to getting home, and afterwards.

    "Western Sahara food is among the world's finest. They do this thing with the thing!" - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

    The first part of the journal is for PRE-TRIP PLANNING and contains sections for important information, a page to write about what inspired you to make the trip, a page to write about the who, where, what, when, how of the journey, a page to make note of your travel companions, a number of pages to organize your travel research.* Plus, you will find sections for drafting an itinerary and keeping a journey to-do checklist.

    The second part of the journal deals with GETTING THERE, containing sections to describe getting there and arriving.

    The third part of the journal is all about BEING THERE. There are sections for: tracking the stuff you buy and for your daily adventures there are 50 two-page daily records to keep notes on: day #, date, weather, places visited, what happened today + thoughts on what happened, the highlight of the day and extensive notes (with a handy reminder list of things to write about). Because there are about 522,928 people in Western Sahara, there's also a section to record the names and contact info of the people you meet along the way.

    The fourth part of the journal is for GETTING HOME, that fateful day you depart and the days that follow. There are sections for describing your departure, for making your own top 10 highlights lists, a country radar to help you create a signature review of the country, and an afterwards where you can sum up the meaning of your trip.

    When a trip is over, Cormac Younghusband recommends you start planning your NEXT TRIP. To help, there is a section where you can make a travel wish list.

    Also included is a COUNTRY BRIEF to give you important info on the destination and a MAP to give you an idea of the lay of the land. Plus, at the back of the book there are sections for: generic packing ideas, measures and conversions, and pages for notes, sketches, maps and such

    "Find a place in the world you haven't been, and go there. Keep on trucking, my friends" - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

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    * Research Such As: places to go / explore, places to stay, places to shop / must have souvenirs, cultural / sporting events to attend, historical / religious sites of interest, pubs-bars-places-to-party, beaches / forests / natural wonders to see, parks & gardens to wander through, things to eat and drink / dining experiences, festivals & events to attend, stuff for kids - seniors - and such, experiences to experience, important local customs, etiquette, laws, and such.

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    "Why visit Western Sahara? Because, it's there." - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

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    WHEREVER YOU'RE GOING, YOUNGHUSBAND WORLD TRAVEL JOURNALS HAS THE PERFECT JOURNAL FOR YOU.


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