The Last Colony (14/51)

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Ihaka Sidahmad Embark, 34, musician, pictured in 27th of February refugee camp, Algeria...I was born in El Aaiún in 1975. I remember when my mother had to find food for us because the Moroccans catch my father. I was just six. We didn't know if he was alive or dead, they held him from 1981 to '91. I remember he went out and said he would be back very soon and I did not see him for ten years. He was arrested because he used to talk about independence and was a Polisario artist. ..I was in a music group, 'Stars of the Saguia el Hamra.' After a while a lot of Saharawis liked us. We had some songs talking about the Saharawi cause, with messages for the Saharawi people, but in a subtle way. But some Saharawi people working with the Moroccan government told them about the songs and then the group couldn't live there and play anymore, the Moroccans were going to arrest us. Two guys from the group left on a small boat to the Canary Islands. It was in December 2000. I was living in a house and couldn't go outside, a member of my family said he could take me to the wall. There were two friends who were going to cross with me. We knew it was like going towards fire but after the fire there would be water and anyway living there [in El Aaiún] was fire.  ..We drove to outside of Smara and walked for one day. At night we could see the Moroccan soldiers on the wall. The wall is really four small walls, if you have no information about the wall you cannot cross it. We crossed the first wall on a hill and found ourselves in a trench, we crossed this then the second wall, we heard dogs and knew the base was near. We found ourselves at the last wall and didn't realise we had crossed the third wall. We heard dogs on each side so knew the bases where there so we couldn't go any other way.  We came across a base in the hills one hundred metres away. We stopped, we couldn't speak or smoke. We watched and saw no soldiers so we knew they were sleeping, we started walking very slowly, then w
Ihaka Sidahmad Embark, 34, musician, pictured in 27th of February refugee camp, Algeria...I was born in El Aaiún in 1975. I remember when my mother had to find food for us because the Moroccans catch my father. I was just six. We didn't know if he was alive or dead, they held him from 1981 to '91. I remember he went out and said he would be back very soon and I did not see him for ten years. He was arrested because he used to talk about independence and was a Polisario artist. ..I was...
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