Watching Western Sahara
Curating citizen video to monitor human rights
Forty years after Morocco claimed sovereignty over Western Sahara, indigenous Sahrawis face political, economic, and cultural repression. Despite a media blackout, one source of documentation exists: media activists. Their videos provide a rare window into the human rights violations and social movements that Sahrawis want the international community to witness and act upon. Click here to learn more about Watching Western Sahara, a project curating and contextualizing online human rights videos.
Curated citizen video visualizations
Curated videos grouped by Human Rights Issue
Curated videos grouped by Tags
Latest curated videos
How to use Watching Western Sahara Silk
Each video is presented as a “datacard” which includes additional information about the video and the issue it documents. Each datacard is given the original name of the online video. Clicking on this name anywhere on the platform will take you to the video datacard. There are various ways to view datacards and search for videos on a particular issue or from a specific place or time.
The Gallery page presents all videos in a grid
The Stories page presents narrative and deeper context on a few specific instances captured by eyewitness videos, as well as a list of all related videos.
The Visualizations page includes interactive visualizations and infographics of our video data, based on location, human rights issues, tags, recording dates etc.
The Explore option allows you, the viewer, to create your own customizable visualization using our video datacards, for the purposes of more specific research. To use this, click on the “Explore” tab at the top of this page.