Andy is in the camps! He is teaching at Desert Voice Box Academy for 5 weeks. While he is there he will visit Fatimatu and find out more the Vegetable Project plans. He will send us regular video updates of how the camps have changed in the 10 years since he was last there and what life is like living in what has been described as the most inhospitable place on the planet. (Once he gets the hang of the technology)

First attempt 🙂
Boujdour camp and the house and family he is staying with; the water supply; the “garden” and most important the bathroom!
The Road…
The road that even leads to Fatimatu’s house in Smara camp 20 km away!
The souvenir shop
Feeding the goats – still cant believe what they eat!!
Morning walk
Andy has been to see the huge polytunnels which they use to raise chickens at a price the refugees can afford. The vegetable project is planning to use a similar polytunnel to grow the vegetables.
To wash or not to wash…
Andy teaching in Stave House
“Recent wedding .there is a young men’s tent where they all wear jeans and smoke fags,an old boy tent where they put me where you sit around and drink tea and talk about the war,then the womens tent which looks like the place to be. I wasnt allowed in !” Andy’s accompanying comment ????
Once maybe twice a year this group visits all the camps,except Rabani as it doesn’t have any proper buildings.kids get very excited .stampede for the bouncy castles!
Sahrawi Olympics
Fatimatu’s kitchen
Road Trip
oxfam project greenhouses
Petrol station where smoking is encouraged. I thought I was reckless not wearing my seatbelt even if there was one that actually worked
Well well well ! I didn’t expect this! Mind you no one is playing on it and the family I’m staying with had no idea it was there.
Wedding going on this afternoon. Musicians having quick tea break whilst still sounding great.
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Water! Bit too salty to drink. Also an Italian project that looks after very poorly small kids and babies. It’s all here!
So there is water
Categories: In the camps

8 Comments

Chris Bishop · January 19, 2020 at 7:09 pm

That’s the most fantastic blog. Really gives us a feel for the tough life out there and the value in what is planned

    andy pitts · January 22, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Chris big moment that first lukewarm bucket wash. Family have cleared off for a three day wedding. I’ve been left in charge of the house school and sole responsible for taming the wild students.

dave clemmett · January 20, 2020 at 11:56 am

Great information Andy on what life is like. Water’s obviously at a premium. i wonder what the make up of the population is and what they do. The project will make a fantastic difference..

    andy pitts · February 11, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Ah so you’re supposed to reply to these things ! Hi Chuck all dry dusty and bit of tan helped by infrequent washing. So much to talk about when I get back please make sure you stop me at a socially acceptable level. It’s a bit like being in a jack london novel,probably the sea wolf but without the sea. Day 37 and still no sign of beer.

Ann Wilson · January 20, 2020 at 10:38 pm

Thanks Andy. This is totally fascinating. Thank you for sharing your experience. I can’t imagine living in such a harsh landscape.

Owen Cooper · January 21, 2020 at 11:16 pm

Thanks Andy. Great videos and good to see life in the camps and why the project you and others are working on could make such a difference. A brilliant piece of practical activism.

david clemmett · February 8, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Enjoyed the woman’s tent blog and the little camel very cute .Hope everything is going well with yourself. I’m sure they wont forget you Andy!

    andy pitts · February 11, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Ah so you’re supposed to reply to these things ! Hi Chuck all dry dusty and bit of tan helped by infrequent washing. So much to talk about when I get back please make sure you stop me at a socially acceptable level. It’s a bit like being in a jack london novel,probably the sea wolf but without the sea. Day 37 and still no sign of beer.

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