Olive Branch started creatively engaging with the Sahrawi Community in 2010. We deliver annual theatre training programmes to young people between the ages of 16-30, work creatively and therapeutically with elders in the Land Mine Centre and offer training and support to staff in the Special Needs Schools on the camps.
Short History – Western Sahara is the last colony in Africa and the site of a protracted territorial dispute between the Moroccan Kingdom, which claims sovereignty and the Polisario Front, the Sahrawi liberation movement that seeks independence. The majority of Sahrawi’s are refugees today in one of the harshest deserts in the world. Despite extreme hardships, the community has managed to build a democratically run nation-in-exile where women play a prominent role, defying Western preconceptions of Arab-Muslim societies.