Rabat, 15 August 2022 (TDI): Every year the people of Morocco celebrate the recovery of the province of Oued Eddahab on 14 August. Oued Eddahab is a Saharan province that has played an important role in the state’s territorial integrity and independence.

Historical background

From 1884 to 1976, Spain occupied the Western Sahara region. Before the Spanish colonial powers took over Western Sahara, it belonged to Morocco. In 1956, when it became an independent state it attempted to reclaim this territory.

However, this caused a war that lasted for about 16 years. After years of struggle, Morocco was able to gain control over some of the territory. Due to that war, Western Sahara is a disputed territory now.

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Morocco has reclaimed 20% of the disputed land. Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab is a part of this disputed territory and is the home of 142,955 people. On 14 August 1979, Morocco officially reclaimed Oued Eddahab.

Significance of this day

After 43 years of the recovery of the province of Oued Eddahab, developmental initiatives have begun in this part of the state. These development efforts aim to establish this valuable part of the Moroccan territory as an economic hub.

The province is gradually contributing to the development and prosperity of the country. The projects aimed at strengthening the province’s social, economic and environmental aspects manifest a promising future.

The day of the province of Oued Eddahab’s recovery is commemorated to remember the national values and appreciate the reclaiming of the land which had rightfully belonged to Morocco.

It is also an event for the nation to move forward in developing the nation in different economic, political, and other aspects. This event has great significance in the history of the country.

Therefore, the country is keen to teach its importance to future generations so they would continue this legacy of national integrity. The rising future generations are expected to revive this national spirit and consolidate their attachment to their roots and identity.