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Waiting with patient rage: the anger of the Saharawi youth

By Stefan Simanowitz  

Nineteen year old Ibrahim Hussein Leibeit shifts his weight in obvious discomfort. The stump of his leg, blown off below the knee by a landmine just three weeks ago, is yet to fully heal. “The pain is horrible” he tells me, “But here at the festival it is possible for me to think about other things for a while.” His presence at the festival is not incongruous. This is a political as well as a cultural event and Ibrahim spends much of…

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