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    Dakhla to Nouadhibou.

    by pfsmalo Updated Dec 15, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Please remember there are almost 400 kms between Dakhla and Nouadhibou. Fill up the tank when you leave Dakhla as there is only one set of pumps at about 80 kms before the border with Mauritania. Be prepared for what could be a long wait at the border. We, unfortunately, ran into a rally the same morning and took over 2 hours to get OUT of Morocco. That said, the customs and police were all quite friendly. Don' t be surprised by the U.N. presence. Lots of U.N. personnel here although nobody has shot at somebody else for over 15 years !!!

    Fondest memory: The quiet of the promenade in Dakhla at 6 in the morning as the sun came up.

    The last pumps before the border, 80 kms away. Motel Barbas, where the last pumps are. The queue for border formalities. This guy rolled his car on a bend and it still ran

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    Checkpoints of the police

    by sachara Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Crossing Western Sahara, you will have a lot of checkpoints of the police. All times you enter a town and at all cross crossroads. Luckily there are not that many.

    The police need your name, date and place of birth, profession, nationality, adress, marital state, pasportnumber, place of delivery, names of your father and mother, place of entry, mark, type number of the car.

    The best you can do, is making copies (about 10 or 15) of a list of these facts, so you can hand the copie over to the policemen at the checkpoints. This will save lots of time. Mostly after giving the copy the policemen looked into the car and asked only our professions.

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    Western Sahara, the last African colony

    by sachara Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Western Sahara or the former Spanish Sahara was a Spanish colony until 1975. After the withdrawal of Spain, the territory was occupied by Morocco in 1975 during the so called "Green March". Morocco annexed the northern part of Western Sahara in 1976, and also the southern part of the territory in 1979, after the withdrawal of Mauritania.

    This resulted in the uprisal of the Polisario Front to fight for the national liberation. The Polisario Front was formed allready in 1973 to fight Spanish colonialism. The Moroccan army erected a wall in the desert to prevent the attacks from the Polisario front. In 1991 the UN succeeded in reaching a cease-fire.

    A large part of the Saharawi population emigrated to Algeria and live since more than 25 years in camps near Tindouf. Since the "Green March", Morocco has encouraged Moroccan people to settle in the Western Sahara, but also some Saharawi people integrated in (northern) Morocco.

    Since 1975, the UN tried to find a solution for the conflict. An UN-organized referendum on final status has been repeatedly postponed. Morocco has boycotted this referendum. The proposal that currently has gained support (mainly by France and the USA) is that the Sahara should remain under Moroccan control, but with a certain degree of autonomy. The Polisario Front objects to this solution.

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    Police Stop at km 40

    by johnsakura Written Jan 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This is the building of the police check point before Dakhla. This place you have to give your passport for identification which is going to secure your presence here. This is quite good for foreigner that might have some problems. At least authorities do know you came to this area.
    Many people already bring their private information (with name, address, job, ID number, Passport number, car, car plate all kind of personal info regarding their trip) printed out on a print page to deliver to the police to escape the possibly 15m to 30m waist of time during police check points.

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    o00o's General Tip

    by o00o Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The Actual Country Name :
    al-Jumhuriyya as-Sahrawiyya ad-Dimuqratiyya al-'Arabiyya (Democratic Arab Republic of Sahara)

    Size :
    Sq. km: 252,120

    Population :
    252,000

    Capital:
    al A'ayun (La'Aayoun)

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    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Hey, come and see the F O R M A L National Flag being widely used by Western Sahara.

    This is the only country in Virtual Tourist Web which you can't find the country flag.

    The struggle of the Sahrawi people for Self-determination - Western Sahara the former spanish colony is the last african colonized country still waiting for independence. Since 1973 the Polisario Front is fighting for independence. 1975 Morocco and Mauritania invaded the country. Most of the civilian population fled to Algeria, living in refugee camps. The Polisario Front proclaimed in February 1976 the SADR, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. After 18 years of war the United Nations Peace Plan for Western Sahara was adopted in 1991 by the Security Council. The United Nations mission for the referendum in Western Sahara, MINURSO (Misión de las Naciones Unidas para el Referendum del Sahara Occidental), has been monitoring a cease-fire since September 6 1991 and preparing the self determination referendum.


    The Actual Country Name : al-Jumhuriyya as-Sahrawiyya ad-Dimuqratiyya al-'Arabiyya (Democratic Arab Republic of Sahara) Size : Sq. km: 252,120 Population : 252,000 Capital: al A'ayun (La'Aayoun)

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    colou

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: from mornig to till sun set, the sandy dune would change at least 3 to 4 type of colur from white to brownish orange colur.

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    Sandy Dune

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Apart from the camel story, let's come back to the sand. The color of the sandy dune was very depending to the sunshine.

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    Camel

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The picture shows the local were gathering at a open space to kill the camel for ramadan celebration. I got some photos show how they killed the camel.

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    haha

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: The 100s of kms of view outside the jeep was monotonouse and dull, i slept most of the time during the journey to nowhere.

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    Sasa

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I had a very short visit to Western Sahara as you can see most of my journey was focus on the desert few handrads kms outside Layounne city.

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