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Date of posting : November 3, 2016

Panamanian Paper : Algeria Boosts the Number of Sequestrated Population in Tindouf Camps for Diversion of Humanitarian Aid

Algeria boosts the number of sequestrated population in the Tindouf camps to obtain more humanitarian aid that is systematically diverted on a large scale, said Panamanian paper “La Estrella”

In its weekend’s edition, the paper said that Algeria had informed the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that the number of sequestrated population in the Tindouf camps “is 160,000 people; however census operation via satellites showed that the real number is widely below this figure.”

Increasing the number of sequestrated population is meant to obtain more international humanitarian aid, said the paper, adding this business (diversion operation) is conducted by Algerian high officials in collaboration with the polisario’s leaders.

Several European Union bodies recommended the reduction of international aids destined to the camps due to corruption and diversion on a large scale, said the publication, noting that the European Parliament rejected, a few months ago, a motion to institute a new humanitarian aid after discovering the diversion of previous aids to the Algerian, Malian and Mauritian markets.

The paper also noted that the new UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who will take office on 1 January 2017, served for ten years as the High Commissioner for Refugees, which enabled him to closely follow the situation of Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps, on the Algerian territory.

+La Estrella+ added that Guterres has already asked Algeria to take a census to determine the number of Sahrawis in the camps, but his request was rejected. The paper also noted that five resolutions of the UN Security Council called for a census of the camps’ population, but all the calls were categorically rejected by Algeria.