Morocco World News
Morocco World News
New York, December 6, 2011
Every day that passes by brings its share of bad news for the Polisario and confirms the implication of its elements in the widespread wave of kidnapping of Westerners that took place recently in the Sahel region.
According to the Spanish TV Channel La Sexta, the two Polisario elements arrested yesterday in Mauritania “acknowledged that they kidnapped the three European humanitarian workers in Tindouf and took them to Mauritania, where they delivered them to members of Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb in exchange for an important amount of money.”
The authors of kidnapping, Laaguir Abdelaziz Ahmed Baba, 29, and Aghdafna Mohamed Hamadi Ahmed Baba, 32 were arrested after they had been followed by the Mauritanian secret services, who were closely watching their activities for 12 days since they settled in an apartment located in one of the popular neighborhoods of the Mauritanian city of Nouadhibou, situated on the coast north of Nouakchott. They had entered Mauritanian soil after they carried out the kidnapping.
The three European nationals, two Spaniards and one Italian, were abducted in the camp of Rabouni near the southwestern Algerian city of Tindouf.
The abduction took place at midnight on October 22, when the aid workers were resting.
Ainhoa Fernandez del Ricon is a member of the Extremadura-based Association of Friends of the Saharawi people, while Gonyalons works for the Basque-based NGO Mundubat Basque. For its part, the Italian Rosella Urru works in the Italian Cooperation Committee for the Liberation of Peoples and had started working in the Tindouf camps three years ago.
Urgent need to solve the Sahara issue
A few days after the kidnapping took place, many NGO’s, that used to work in Tndouf started voicing their concern about the situation prevailing in the camps and called on the United Nations to speed up the process for the settlement of the Sahara issue.
“The kidnapping within the Polisario-tightly run camps is a strong signal to the International community of the urgent need to resolve the Sahara Issue and free the refugees held hostages on Algerian territory by those who would use their presence as an opportunity to further their personal interests,” said the U.S-based NGO Teach the Children International in a statement issued last October.
“The international community should take the issue of the kidnapping in the camps seriously as the situation is going to become more and more dangerous as long as Algeria does not assume its responsibility for the safety of both the refugees and the aid workers,” it added.