Rabat - The adoptive family of Maloma Morales, a kidnapped young Sahrawi woman of Spanish nationality currently detained in Tindouf camps, are calling for a “forceful action for their daughter to be released,” reported Spanish outlet Eldiario.
Rabat – The adoptive family of Maloma Morales, a kidnapped young Sahrawi woman of Spanish nationality currently detained in Tindouf camps, are calling for a “forceful action for their daughter to be released,” reported Spanish outlet Eldiario.
Tired of waiting for their daughter to return home after having been detained for nearly one and half years, Jose Morales and Carmen de Matos, the adoptive parents of Morales are calling the Spanish government to forcefully intervene to release the 24-year-old Morales as they did with María Jimena Rico and Shaza Ismail, a couple had disappeared and found in a deportation centre in late April in Turkey.
“How is it possible that my daughter has been abducted for 17 months and that there are cases where it takes a week and in this the government has failed,” the family said. “It is incredible that in a country like this one has acted so efficiently and is not able to intervene in a place that is not even a nation.”
The family went on to add that it does not know what is going to do. It has attempted to arrange a meeting with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain Alfonso Dastis, but in vain.
The family asks in the article why Spain reacts to anything in the world, but seems not able to react to what the abuse of human rights in Tindouf by Algeria backed Polisario Front.
The 24-year-old Morales was kidnapped in December 2015 after she traveled with her adoptive family members to the camps to visit her biological mother who “was suffering from a disease,” the husband of the young Sahrawi said at a press conference in Seville in 2015.
On December 12, less than an hour before her return trip to Spain, Maloma was kidnapped, he added. The adoptive father of Maloma, Jose Morales, was forced to leave the camps in Tindouf and return to Spain without his daughter.
The case of Maloma is among many cases of of similar kidnappings in the Tindouf camps that surfaced in recent years. In August 2014, Mahyuba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Saharawi woman holding Spanish citizenship was kidnapped in the Tindouf camps as soon as traveled to see her grandparents who were seriously ill. A few months later, she managed to escape from the Tindouf camps and take refuge in the Spanish consulate in Algiers.
In December 2014, the Spanish press reported that another young Sahrawi adopted by a Spanish family had been held against her will in the camps since January 2014. Darya Embarek Selma, 25, had travelled to the camps to see her ailing biological father but was held captive and prevented from returning to Spain.
In March 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called upon UN’s former chief Ban Ki-Moon to intervene in order to free the women forcibly held in the camps.