El-melhfa is a four-meter long by one meter wide piece of fabric... not an ordinary piece of cloth; it's a symbol of Sahrawi heritage, beauty and resistance, a symbol of cultural identity worn with pride by Sahrawi women of all ages.
Norwegian People's Aid established a landmine survey and clearance operation in the liberated zone of Western Sahara in 2015 to work with the Sahrawi refugees living near the longest continuous minefield in the world. Both sides of the 1,465 km earthen berm that divides the Territory of Western Sahara remain contaminated with landmines and explosive remnants of war as a result of 16 years of fighting between the Royal Moroccan Army and Frente POLISARIO forces.
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9 hours by train from Colombo Fort to Ella.
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 Sahrawis 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.
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Known as the 'Harbour of the Tusks', Kompong Phluk is a village in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Surrounded by flooded mangrove forest it's built on stilts up to 10m high in the floodplains of Tonle Sap lake.
Tuol Svay Pray High School sits on a dusty road on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 1976, Pol Pot’s security forces renamed it Security Prison 21 (S-21); turning the school into a torture, interrogation and execution center. Of the 14,000 people known to have entered, only seven survived.
In 1980 S-21 was reopened as the Tuol Sleng Museum, which serves as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge.