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U.S. Delegation Breaks Siege on Family of Activists in Western Sahara

HeadlineMar 18, 2022

In Western Sahara, a delegation of U.S.-based volunteers has arrived at the home of prominent Sahrawi human rights defender Sultana Khaya, her sister Luara and their family. It’s a rare visit by international human rights observers to the territory, which has suffered under Moroccan occupation since 1975. The U.S. delegation includes Adrienne Kinne, a former U.S. Army intelligence sergeant and president of Veterans for Peace. Their visit breaks a 482-day siege of the home, where family members have been forcibly confined by Moroccan security forces since November 2020. The Khaya sisters say they were raped last year by Moroccan agents in front of their 84-year-old mother. The agents also stole mobile phones, destroyed belongings, and threw trash, urine and a noxious black liquid into the family’s drinking water storage tank. To see our interview with Sultana Khaya, go to our website, democracynow.org, and link to our documentary, “Four Days in Western Sahara: Africa’s Last Colony.”

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