Sidahmed Lemjeyid was born on the first of March 1959 in Smara, Western Sahara, which at the time was still a Spanish colony. He was 16 years old when Morocco invaded his country. Sidahmed at present lives in El Aaiun. He is not married and has no children.
Sidahmed dedicates all his time to the Saharawi cause. He is the President of CSPRON, the Committee for the Protection of Natural Resources in Western Sahara - an organisation that reports on the plundering of Western Sahara's abundant natural resources by Morocco.
Like many Saharawis, Sidahmed has paid a heavy price for speaking out against the Moroccan colonial power. He was arrested and jailed in 1999 for having participated in large protests in El Aaiun. He was arrested several times in 2005 and jailed for a few months, again for taking part in massive pro-independence demonstrations.
In relation to Gdeim Izik, he was arrested by plain-clothed Moroccan policemen in El Aaiun on 25 December 2010. He was taken to an unknown location where he was interrogated under torture.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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