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New UNHCR-led family visit exchange benefits fourteen families

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Laayoune - Fourteen Sahrawi families benefited, on Friday, from a new family visit flights led by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Under this programme, members of Sahrawi family living in the Moroccan southern provinces visit their relatives in the Tindouf camps in south-western Algeria, and vice-versa.

The new visit exchange, the 16th in 2011, benefited 67 people from 14 families. Thus, 30 people flew from Laayoune to the camps, while 37 members of 8 families left the camps towards the southern provinces, the Moroccan Coordination Office with the UN mission in the Sahara (MINURSO) said in a statement.

Since its launch in March 2004, the UNHCR-led family visit exchange programme has benefited 11,068 people, including 5,722 from Tindouf camps.