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Paulo Nunes dos Santos April 22, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Algeria.

Sahrawi girl, Algeria 2009.

Paulo Nunes dos Santos (b. 1977, Portugal) is a Dublin based freelance journalist & photographer. He graduated from the Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa in 2002 with a degree in Communication Sciences/Journalism. He has since traveled extensively documenting conflict, current affairs, humanitarian crises and social issues. His photos and features have appeared in publications such as The Guardian, The Canberra Times, Smithsonian, Expresso as well as in a variety of corporate magazines and websites. Paulo has also undertaken assignments on social issues for organizations such as Landmine Action, Handicap International, Dublin Simon Community, Trade Links and The Immigrant Council of Ireland. He is a member of the 4SEE photo agency.

About the Photograph:

“This image of a Sahrawi refugee girl, standing in the middle of the room she shares with her entire family, was taking during a visit to a landmine and war victims medical center near Rabouni refugee camp in Algeria’s Tindouf province. Sahrawi refugees are among the longest warehoused refugee groups in the world. In a situation lasting over 34 years, more than 150,000 people wait in five remote refugee camps in the desolate Sahara desert in southwest Algeria. The international community has all but forgotten these men, women and children, who fled their homes in the mid-seventies because of fighting between the Moroccan military and the Polisario Front, a rebel group who seeks independence for the Western Sahara. The refugees remain trapped to this day in camps in a remote part of the Sahara often referred to as The Devil’s Garden.”