Dessert in the Desert, Saharawi Refugee Camps

The Saharawis are stateless people: no country recognises them as their own citizens. There are 300,000 of them, living precariously in refugee camps near Tindouf, in the Algerian desert.

Women are very active in the community. They form groups, collaborate with local associations and attend trainings aimed at the self- production of food with dignity.

Maddalena Borsato, Italian pastry chef and researcher at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, ran a workshop for about 30 local women, who were asked to make recipes starting from the few ingredients available in the area.

It was the Saharawi women who solicited the workshop, in the hope of diversifying the range of products they can sell during the markets at the camp.

The full story will be published soon on The New York Times

Sara Di Lello,  Nexus Emilia Romagna and Africa ‘70