Tea with Fatou

A 12-year-old girl tells us about her life as Sahrawi refugee in Algeria

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Fatou is one of thousands of Sahrawi refugees living in refugee camps in Algeria. Photo: WFP/Chiara Herold
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Smara is one of five Sahrawi refugee camps in the desert of southwestern Algeria. Photo: WFP/Chiara Herold
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Fatou lives with her family in their traditional tent, called a Khaima. Photo: WFP/Chiara Herold
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With temperatures reaching 50 degrees in summer, everybody is looking for a bit of shade. Photo: WFP/Chiara Herold
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Sahrawi women protect themselves from wind and sun by wearing the traditional mehlfa. Photo: WFP/Chiara Herold
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Fatou’s mother carries in a big tray with lunch. Pjoto: WFP/Chiara Herold

“The meals are my favourite part of the day because they bring us all together — when you eat together, you have enough.”

“I try to help my mother and grandmother with cooking. We all cook together in my mother’s kitchen.”

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Everybody eats together off the same plate. Photo: WFP/Chiara Herold

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