Tantan; the city where Luke Skywalker grew up. But also the city where Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara first becomes visible. The former sporadic checkpoints by the police are now in every entry and exit of the cities and they check all passports thoroughly. “Where are you going? What’s your profession? Where do you come from?”
It’s clear that it’s no cultural or social occupation. It’s about money, nature resources. The cost is human dignity and the suppression of an ethnic group.
We passes the city early morning. The last thing I remember from the night before is the sky over Tiznit. The sky bestrewed with stars seemed eternal, and sure the stars must have paired themselves with each other since I saw them last? They didn’t seem to be this many the night before.
When the crescent moon had sunk below the horizon it left a white glow like a glimmer in the sky. As an open diamond mine with a shimmer reminding of the existence of the universe.