Since his disappearance in 2009, the family of Polisario member Ahmed El Khalil has been calling on Algeria and the separatist group to reveal his fate.
Rabat – The family of Ahmed El Khalil, a Sahrawi intellectual missing since he was kidnapped in 2009 by Algerian intelligence services, is threatening to organize demonstrations in European capitals if their demands are not met.
For several years, the Sahrawi family has been calling on Algeria and Polisario to explain what happened to El Khalil, who was arrested under unknown circumstances in 2009.
In an interview with Future Magazine quoted by pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara, the family said that they are planning to protest the disappearance of their relative in front of Algerian embassies in Paris, Brussels, and Madrid.
The protest will follow a peaceful demonstration held in front of the Secretariat of the Polisario Front in Rabouni, Algeria.
Prior to announcing their intention to protest in Algerian embassies abroad, El Khalil’s family and friends launched an international online campaign to draw attention to his disappearance.
Creating a Facebook page, they called for El Khalil’s freedom and condemning his forced disappearance.
It is unclear whether the activist is still alive because former Polisario member Mustafa Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud announced the death of his colleague.
Born in Tan-Tan in southern Morocco, El Khalil moved to Fez to finish his high school studies, and he decided to join the Polisario in 1977. El Khalil was tasked by Polisario with monitoring human rights in the Tindouf camps before his disappearance. According to Mustafa Salma, El Khalil was one of the most renowned intellectuals in the camps.