The Last Colony (11/51)

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Nagla Mohamed Lamin, 20, on a bus near Smara refugee camp, Algeria...It's difficult [to live here] because when you start to know that this place doesn't belong to you it is always in your mind, and you know from five or six [years old]. Also you have to go away to Algeria or Libya if you want to study, I went away from my parents when I was eleven, I couldn't study well because I missed my family and I cried all the time and I thought a lot about them and I worried about them. Now at my age if I have an idea to do something for my future I have no way to make it happen. ..At the same time we will miss this place because we are born here. We used to say when we are in our homeland we will return here to visit and if our house has fallen down we will say, 'I used to live there!' We would say it will be next year and every year after we would say it will happen next year. When I grew up I started to realised that this issue is very complicated and we don't know when we will go back, but we are sure that we will go one day. I have many dreams, the first to complete my English studies, I want to help my people, even in a small way, but just to do something. I would like to travel to different countries to talk about the Saharawi situation, to let people know about us, that's why I study English because English is the language of the world. ..I believe in God and I believe that he will help us and he will change this situation. Even if we wait 30 years more we will get our homeland, when something starts it will finish. The person who does wrong never wins in the end. I don't think the solution will come from the UN we've had 35 years waiting, talk and talk and talk and nothing changes. The solution will come from us, by war. If talking would give something we would be in our homeland now. If they listened to me the war would start now. I would be the first one to fight.
Nagla Mohamed Lamin, 20, on a bus near Smara refugee camp, Algeria...It's difficult [to live here] because when you start to know that this place doesn't belong to you it is always in your mind, and you know from five or six [years old]. Also you have to go away to Algeria or Libya if you want to study, I went away from my parents when I was eleven, I couldn't study well because I missed my family and I cried all the time and I thought a lot about them and I worried about them. Now at my age...
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