This file photo taken on October 20, 2017 shows Sahrawi refugee Khelifa Maleh sitting in her tent at the Boujdour camp for Sahrawi refugees on the outskirts of Tindouf, south west of Algeria, on October 20, 2017. / AFP / RYAD KRAMDI
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Selembouha Dadi can only imagine the homeland she dreams of but has never seen, agonizingly out of reach beyond the Algerian refugee camp where she has spent her whole life.Her father Moulay abandoned everything and fled when Moroccan troops arrived in 1975 during the rush to claim the former Spanish colony as Madrid let it go.Now, along with tens of thousands of other refugees, their family of nine lives in one of a string of refugee camps just 50 kilometers away, beyond the Algerian border and a "defense wall" erected by Morocco in the 1980s. The 2,700-kilometer barrier erected by Morocco slicing from north to south divides the 80 percent of Western Sahara controlled by Morocco from the 20 percent held by the Polisario.Some 100,000 Sahrawi refugees live today in the camps around Tindouf.
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