Smara – Sahrawi
The Twinning with the city of Smara was born by a declaration of intent signed on November 21st, 2000. Since then, several activities have been initiated by the City and the Province of Reggio Emilia, along with the Municipalities of Albinea and Scandiano and other actors of the territory, including Reggio Children, Local Health Authority and the Jaima Sahrawi Association of Reggio Emilia.
Among the projects undertaken to improve the social-health conditions of the Sahrawi Refugees in the Tindouf Camps. One of those projects concerns the technical and professional qualification of the local staff, working in the sector of disabilities, with the aim to improve the services, to provide support for protection, care and integration of disabled people of Samar Wilaya, and to improve the coordination between families, institutions and service.
Finally, for many years, the city of Reggio Emilia is committed in the “Jaima Tent” project, which envisages to host in families the children from the refugee camp of the Democratic Republic of Sahrawi, located in the Algerian desert, near the city of Tinduof. During their stay in Italy, the children receive a complete medical screening and, in case of need, the medical interventions are covered thanks to the contribution of the Emilia-Romagna Region, which for years is at the side of the Sahrawi people in their struggle for self-determination.