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    Weʼve raised £1,000 to support the Western Sahara Campaign. Sponsor our cycle from Chepstow to Aberystwyth in 12 days starting on 22nd April 2016, or join in!

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    Cwmystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Monday, 2nd May 2016

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    John Gurr, UK Coordinator of the Western Sahara Campaign, told me about a demonstration to be held outside the Moroccan Embassy to mark 40 years of Moroccan occupation of the Western Sahara. I went along and took this photo.

    The resources of the Western Sahara are being exploited by Morocco, who claim to have sovereignty of the area, and deal commercially with foreign companies, including British companies, regarding resources which belong to the Western Saharan people, the Saharawi.

    The Saharawi have been suffering injustice for 40 years since their lands were invaded by Morocco and Mauritania in 1975, and they were effectively driven from their home and deprived of their livelihood. In the small strip of land allocated to them thousands of live in refugee camps in appalling conditions. There is little public or international awareness of this situation.

    Last June the Geneva Conventions acknowledged that the Western Sahara is under military occupation, and that the Polisario Front, as official representatives of the Saharawi people, are entitled to be consulted as to what happens to their resources. This is a step forward. It is hoped that the court case will raise the profile of their plight, and help to give them self-determination and control of their own resources in practice, as well as in theory.

    The money will help cover the court costs of a trial initiated by the Western Sahara Campaign, who have challenged the British Government over the legality of allowing British companies to deal commercially with Morocco in the exploitation of Saharawi resources. At this time the trial has been referred to the European court, where it will be heard later this year.

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    • Jo Spearing

      Jo Spearing

      a year ago

      Jo Spearing

      Day 12: New Quay to Aberystwyth 24 miles. Final destination reached at 2 pm after a clear and sunny journey and celebrated with a beer on the Prom, looking at the sea. Thank you for all your support and for helping to reach the target. Special thanks to Moyra for driving me home!

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    • Jo Spearing

      Jo Spearing

      a year ago

      Jo Spearing

      Day 11: Newport to New Quay 32 miles. Wet morning but sun came out at midday. We enjoyed cycling on back roads beyond Cardigan + views of the bay at Tresaith & Aberporth. A fast stretch on A487. 1st proper meal at Black Lion New Quay. Highlight: revisiting the St Dogmael's miller

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      Jo Spearing

      a year ago

      Jo Spearing

      Day 10: St David's to Newport 26 miles. Quiet roads mostly and a welcome tailwind. Persistent drizzle and poor visibility; line between grey sea and grey sky just discernible. Long lunch in a Fishguard cafe drying out. Highlight: toasted teacakes at Tregwynt Woollen Mill.

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      Jo Spearing

      a year ago

      Jo Spearing

      Day 9: Broad Haven to St David's 18 miles. Bright sun, the sea frequently visible. Vast sands of Newgale, sheltered harbour of Solva and time to wander round St David's before resuming route 4 to the hostel in a stunning location by a rocky outcrop. All better for Kate's company.

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    • Rhodri

      Rhodri

      May 1, 2016

      1000, woop!

      £15.00

    • Tom

      Tom

      May 1, 2016

      Hope the cycle is going well Mum! Here's my long overdue donation to the cause. Looking forward to seeing you and hearing all about the trip on the 20th. X

      £10.00

    • Joseph Owen

      Joseph Owen

      May 1, 2016

      £10.00

    About the fundraiser
    Jo Spearing

    Jo Spearing

    Cwmystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom

    A translator and former teacher of languages, I enjoy travelling and finding out about foreign cultures. Last year I cycled from Chester to Aberystwyth to raise money for the children's charity CDG UK. This sponsored cycle completes my 580 mile journey around the Welsh coast.

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