Coría y el Mar

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Coría, 10 years old

The hope of the Sahrawi people.


Coría was born in one of the refugee camps in Algeria. Although she is only ten years old, she knows perfectly well that this is not her country but a land given by Algeria, a land which does not belong to her or her people. Her mother is a social worker at their daira (neighbourhood) and her father still works for the army. His face, with many scars, is a truthful account of the tough war which took place between Morocco and the Polisario Front between 1975 and 1991. Coría’s education by her parents is infused with the liberating breath of hope that her people will return to the place they are from. Coría goes to school every day and she is learning Arabic, Spanish, history and maths. Whenever she speaks, her messages are full of hope in the Sahrawi people dreaming of a better world. When children play, there is no room for sadness and nobody notices the heat or the lack of resources… Every night, Coría dreams about the sea, the free sea of Dakhla.




Salka, 25 years old

A chemist between haimas.


Salka works at one of the clinics of the dairas (neighbourhoods) of Dakhla, built by Médecins du Monde. A doctor and Salka (as a chemist) work there. In a refugee camp, practising medicine and allocating medicines is far from easy due to the constant lack of recourses - the situation is precarious. Salka learned (and is still learning) from her grandmother, a wise healer who, through natural medicine, attended to the needs of many generations of Sahrawis. Salka loves her job and is in no hurry to devote part of her energy to looking for a partner because for her the most important thing is to do as much as possible to support her people.


Fatma and Mula

Adolescence in a refugee camp


Inseparable friends, young women full of dreams but with their hearts devoted to the struggle of their village. Fatma is the “family driver” and she doesn’t hesitate to help any person who needs it. Mulaa studies and has a great pasion for pharmacy. Two women who want to forge their own destinies, taking steps towards gender equality in their refugee camp.


Nana, 20 years old


Nana is a Saharawi girl and she is 20 years old. As a child she traveled from the camps to spend the summer with a Spanish family, like many Sahrawi children, within the project "Holiday Peace". One of those summers Nana did not go to Spain by a bureaucratic error and spent two months in Algeria without her family knowing. Her last summer in Spain she stayed because her Spanish family encouraged her to o so, in order to treat a health problem and also because her Spanish mother encouraged her to "study to be free" she never forgot this sentence. Next year she is studying in Holland and she will be studying, Hotel Management Degree. She has her ideas very clear for the future: A Hotel for Saharawis who travel to the occupied territories. Every summer she retunes to the camps with her family and teaches English and Spanish to young Sahrawis in her Wilaya.



Mamia, 60 years old

Fighting for the dignity of people with intellectual dissabilities in exile.


Mamía is a 60 year old woman. She is a professor in the Special Education School of Daklha in which adults and children with different kinds of dissabilities are educated. Mamía experienced the exile of her people. When she was a young nomad mother, she was expelled from her country. When she came to the Algerian Hamada she joined with the rest of the women of the Camp to create a new life from nothing. In this momento, she was forced to learn all kinds of new activities.

At the end of the 90’s, in the Daklha Refugee camp, the Special Education School was founded and Mamía got involved with the fight for the rights of people with intelectual disabilities in the Camp. At this moment, she runs courses related to the fabrication of textiles e.g.: carpets, clothing, etc.




The Grandmothers; Old women who have known Dajla Beaches

Imprescindible Generation to know better saharawi women, a Diversity of old women will tell us their personal story during the exhile and what happened later. Their are the grandmothers of our main characters: Coria’s grand mother, Fatma’s gran mother, the driver, or the tradicional doctor, Salka’s gran mother.