Polisario / Guerguerat: American NGOs denounce the use of children and women as human shields

Several American NGOs having worked in the Tindouf camps in Algeria towards the Moroccan border, denounced the use of children and women as human shields by the separatist militias of the Polisario.

While Polisario militias blocked the road crossing to the El Guerguerat border post, and assaulted truckers, children and women were sent to populate camps there and use them as human shields.

« The Polisario continues to transport women and children to this area. One can only infer the intention of the group that wants to cause a war and use these people as a human shield”, Underline Teach the Children International and several other humanitarian organizations in a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the UN and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Humanitarian NGOs who had worked on the spot and who know the reality on the ground have condemned these actions and believe that they must be exposed to the whole world at a time when the separatist movement provokes Morocco to start a war in the region.

« The Polisario is not alone. He would never take such a daring action to subvert the status quo in the buffer zone of El Guerguerat without the support of Algeria.“, Adds the letter signed by American NGOs.

The document also underlines that the inclinations of the Polisario movement seek only to destabilize peace in the region and aim to put in place their strategy and subterfuge in favor of Algeria.

« The illegal actions of the Polisario (…) are blatant acts of aggression aimed at undermining the peace in the buffer zone in order to create a presence that could eventually lead to a stranglehold on the region“, Indicate the signatories who call for a” fast action From the UN Secretary General to prevent a humanitarian crisis and further erosion of peace in this area.

The signatories of the letter also note that the actions of the Polisario represent a “flagrant disregard” of the Security Council resolutions (2414, 2440 and 2548).

And to recall that Morocco has continued to ensure compliance with the requirements and terms of its cooperation with the United Nations since the conclusion of the ceasefire agreement in 1991, and that it has voluntarily withdrawn from the region so that the United Nations can create a buffer zone.

The NGOs have, on the other hand, reported on reports which establish the involvement of the Polisario movement in acts of banditry, theft, provocation and physical and moral harassment against innocent people who move in the area, especially truck drivers.

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