Deich Eddaf was born on 11 May 1978 in El Aaiun, Western Sahara. He is married and father of a little boy.
Deich was one of the thousands of Saharawis who had pitched their tents in Gdeim Izik. As a member of the Gdeim Izik Dialogue Committee, he participated in talks with the Moroccan authorities to reach improved social and economic conditions for the Saharawi people living under Moroccan occupation.
Deich was arrested at home by the Moroccan police on 3 December 2010. In the El Aaiun police station, he has been tortured, stripped of his clothes, urinated on and raped by use of a baton. He spent his time in detention naked, blindfolded, handcuffed and deprived of sleep, food and water. Deich has visible torture scars all over his body.
Deich Eddaf was sentenced to 6 and a 1⁄2 year by the Appeal Court in Salé in 2017. Released on the 19th of July 2017, and found guilty of violence against public officials in their line of duty.
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