The visit paid by Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, to the Tindouf camps, run by the Polisario separatists and controlled by Algeria, was cut short. The raisons behind such a quick visit were threats made by the terrorist group of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) of abducting Kerry and her delegation. Kidnapping valuable assets such as foreign nationals particularly Europeans and Americans is the modus operandi of AQIM to demand big ransoms to fund its terrorist activities and launch attacks against North African governments backed by Washington.

Hence, Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Cuomo (NY State) and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, and her delegation paid a hasty one-day visit to the Tindouf camps, fearing to be taken hostage by the terrorist group, while she extended her stay in the Moroccan southern city of Laayoun to four days.

In Tindouf, Kerry Kennedy was informed and handed by human rights activists some "smoking gun" documents showing the embezzlement by the Polisario leadership of the humanitarian aid donated by the UN agencies and various NGOs to alleviate the sufferings and hardship of the sahrawis living in the desert camps. The Polisario police had also prevented the US delegation from meeting with the family of Mr. Mustafa Ould Sidi Mouloud, a former polisario police chief, who was detained, tortured and expelled to Mauritania after he voiced backing Morocco's autonomy plan for the Western Sahara. 

 by: Geraldine Boechat