Tecber Ahmed Saleh lives in the Saharawi refugee camps in south-west Algeria and will visit Australia to talk about Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony. Tecber works in the Ministry of Health in the Saharawi refugee camps where she was born. She will speak about the conditions of life in the camps and the larger political issues facing Western Sahara. In 1975 Morocco invaded Western Sahara. Saharawis fled the occupation and now 173,600 remain in the refugee camps. The Saharawi continue their non-violent struggle, waiting for the United Nations referendum of self-determination agreed in 1991.
As an advocate for the Saharawi cause, Tecber has written and contributed to articles to raise awareness about the plight of her people. Tecber studied Biology in the USA and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She has attended medical research conferences and co-authored research in the professional journal Toxics.