FIRST AIRED: June 4, 2016

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

We've got more news

Get our editor’s daily email summary of what’s going on in the world.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Replay Program

World

Sahrawis mourn leader's death

Opening sequence

Opening sequence

World

Sahrawis mourn leader's death

0:00
17:18
More Info

COMING UP:Sahrawis mourn leader's death

×

Transcript

00:00:00
>>
FOREIGN]
> His coffin, draped in the flag of a territory he dreamt would one day be free. Mohamed Abdelaziz spent more than three decades fighting for independence for the Western Sahara. The desert territory, rich in phosphates, is a former Spanish colony taken over by Morocco in 1975.
00:00:21
Abdelaziz became synonymous with the Polisario Front, the national liberation movement that battled both countries. And many of those mourning his death fought in a guerilla war against Morocco until a 1991 ceasefire. Since then, the Western Sahara has remained in limbo, awaiting a long promised referendum to determine its fate.
00:00:42
Based in Southern Algeria, Abdelaziz became the president of the self-declared Sahrawi Republic in 1976. But he never lived to see his dream come true. With his death, Morocco may be hoping the demand for self determination will peter out. But a younger generation of Sahrawis was already frustrated with the lack of progress before Abdelaziz's death.
00:01:06
They'll be hoping his successor will finally lead them to independence.