The Moroccan wall, built out of sand, is actually the largest active military barrier in the world, almost half the size of the Great Wall of China and 16 times longer than the Berlin wall ever was. Few have heard of this wall of shame that divides the people of Western Sahara. Half of the Saharawis have been waiting in the refugee camps of Algeria to go back to their homeland for 40 years now; and the other half, who live in the occupied territories, are living under continuos violations of their human rights.
With this project we want to spread the word about this forgotten conflict and help to free Africa’s last colony. We want to remove the wall in a symbolic way by selling the sand of its area. Our aim is to fight against political injustice while defending human rights. We are communicators to the outside world, and we want you to be Ambassador of the last African colony.

Support Us

by Buying Sand

You can support our project by buying sand from the area of the wall of shame. We will send you a little handmade sand packet to your home address.

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by Funding Bricks

You can buy sand-bricks, which will be used to build different projects in the refugee camps. To thank you, we will write your name on the brick.

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by Spreading the Word

 

You can support us by getting the world to know about the Western Sahara conflict. The Saharawis are not only struggling to survive in the exile while fighting peacefully to get back their homeland, their biggest struggle is to make the world aware about their situation. We truly believe that the more people know about Western Sahara conflict, the closer the saharawis will be to cross that wall of sand that divides them. By bringing Western Sahara to the world, we bring it back to whom it belongs.
Inform yourself on the campaign against the wall:
www.removethewall.org
Help to get the referendum and sign the petition:
www.westernsahara-referendum.org
Visit the International Arts and Human Rights meeting in Western Sahara:
www.artifariti.org
Read about the life in the Saharawi Refugee Camps on Saharawi Voice:
www.saharawivoice.com
Visit the international Film Festival FiSahara:
www.fisahara.es

Thanks to Our Supporters

Kirby Gookin
Robin Kahn
Youcef Krache
Yasser Ameur
Thea Barkhoff
Raymond Watson
Pilar Millan
Fiko
Bec Everett
Dagmar G.
Lara Hnizdo
Manuela Aldana
Irene Velasca
Tim Turiak
Anke Dupont
Lara Dupont
Gerti
Herby
Jeannine G.
Hervé Chavanon
Thomas Spallek
Maria Trabulo
Julian Mieth
Nina Polumsky
Milan
KoljaIna W., Nicole H., Jan D.
Michael
Scherin Karsten
Jens Schmitgen
Yvonne Hochtritt
Svenja
Finnja
Heike
Denise
Basti
Romi
Ewa
Nina
Sofia
Kathy
Alicia Holthausen
Mirko Podkowik
Tobias Bärmann
Malak Maatoug
Frederic Naujokat
Miriam Naujokat
Brahim Habib Fakala
Enrico
Gabriella
Vittoria
Edoardo
Mario
Nanke Becker
Fabi
Nerea
Mariola
Carballido Quintana
Luis de las Heras Vives
Inessa
Brahim Habib Fakala
Enrico
Gabriella
Vittoria
Edoardo
Mario
Stefanie Roenneke
Tobias & Daniel
Canan
Mina
Martin & Bodo
Meike Denker
Eva
Carla
Andi
Lisa + Rainer Kunst
Nayat
Sara
Musa
Fabi
Nerea
Fons
Chin
Muss
Pat
Manuel B.
Antonio Martinez Lopez
Alejandra
Arne
Micha
Anette
Trillo López
Barto K.
Megi
Maryvonne W.
Alex
Oliver S.
Viola
Alexander L.
Angela
Dora Bones
Tito Jorge
Remi & Fero
Thilo
Michi
Jule F.
Melissa
Len
Ava
Nia
Mareike
Anne
Simone
Alejandra
Arne
Micha
Annette
Manuel B.
Elsebet Øieb
Sergi Castellà pro RAW
teta Laia Benavides
Laia Torras
Marie
Xesc
Fofo
Juan
André
Noa Gonzalez Ramos
María Lidón
Antonio Lidón
Franziska Schrödinger
Stefan Loeber
art in resistance München
Michael Lapper
Sven Terhart
Till Freese
Roger Ferrero
Lisa Kindberg
Maria Jesus
Joshua
Goyo
Stefan T. + Maja T.
Scheibe
Rossi
Fritz
Nati
Camillo
 

Frequently and Some Rarely Asked Questions

What happens with my donation? Who is getting helped?

After paying the PayPal fee, your donation goes straight to helping improve the lives of the Saharawis that have been struggling for 40 years for their freedom in the refugee camps of Tindouf, Algeria. With your donations we will be able to help different projects: families in the camps (different brick projects), the Artifariti Arts and Human Rights Festival, the SaharawiVoice Blog, the Gritos Contra El Muro group and the Wall of Sand project.

How does my donation help?

With your donation, you are not only helping the Saharawi refugees, but also showing your support for justice and human rights.

How do you know my postal address?

We use the address that you signed up in PayPal. So make sure this is the right address.

Why is a sand packet more expensive than a sand- brick? Why don’t you send the packets out of the camps?

The organization “Gritos Contra El Muro” provides with the sand. They go from the refugee camps to the wall of shame to take it, that’s a four hours trip. Even though they do it to protest against the wall that separates them from their homeland, we want to support them financially so they can continue protesting for justice and human rights. Since there is no post service in the camps, we have to take the sand out all the way to Europe and send it to you from there which has a shipping cost. The sand packet has crossed one continent and one sea to get to your hands, that makes it worth it!

When will my sand package arrive?

This will depend on the moment, if you order it when we still have sand here in Europe, it will be a quick process. But if in the moment of your order we are sold out, since we don’t want to put sand of any European beach in your sand packet, you will have to wait until we can get sand of the Wall of Shame again. Anyway, we will inform you of how much sand we still have in each moment.

How can I see my name on the sand-brick?

We will be posting pictures of the bricks that you have bought on our Tumblr blog, so you can see your name, while you can check the progress of the project that you helped to bring to life. However, if seeing a picture of your sand-brick online is not enough, you can visit the refugee camps yourself and take a selfie with it, just contact us, and we will help you to get there.

What if you spell my name wrong on the sand-brick?

If this unfortunate situation occurs, let us know and we’ll write your name (correctly spelled) in two more sand-bricks as an apology.

Why do you hide the sand to bring it to Europe?

We have to leave the refugee camps through Algeria and it is not allowed to take out sand of the country. When we are going through the security control of the airport, the Algerians don’t believe that the sand we are taking is actually from Western Sahara and not from their land. We could have saved ourselves the risk of taking out the sand of the area of the Wall Of Shame and fill our packets with some Spanish beach sand, but then this would not be an art project and we would not be worthy to represent the Saharawi cause.

Will Algerian authorities claim the sand that I have purchased?

It has never belonged to them so no, they won’t, it’s all yours forever and ever.

You can’t find the right question?

If you have other questions concerning our project, feel free to write us, we will publish it as soon as possible: hello@wallofsand.org

Who We Are and What We Do

About the »Wall of Sand« Project

»Wall of Sand« is a nonprofit art project to help the Saharawis. With this project we want to spread the word about this forgotten conflict and help to free Africa’s last colony. Wa are: Brahim Buhaia Ali, Dominique Lucien Garaudel, Sara Maine Cheikh, Tim Turiak and Thomas Spallek. We guarantee you that all your orders will arrive to your hands and all the funds we raise will get to Saharawi refugee’s hands. We are always looking for people who want to help us.
Just drop us an email: hello at wallofsand.org

 

Our Partners
»Gritos contra el Muro Marroquí«

It’s a group of young Saharawis that each month make a march from the refugee camps to the Wall of Shame. They help us to get the sand of from wall. They go to the wall in order to report to the international community the state of division and separation imposed by the Moroccan occupier through its wall; while intended to strengthen the union of the Saharawi youth and renew the spirit of struggle.
Gritos contra el Muro Marroquí FB-Page


Wall of Sand is a project of Denken3000
Imprint: Denken3000 Garaudel Spallek Turiak GbR Florastraße 61 13187 Berlin bonjour at denken3000.de www.denken3000.de