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Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud – the Nelson Mandela of the Sahara – is the 42-yer-old former security chief of the Polisario Front, a guerilla organization with close ties to Al-Qeada in the Maghreb and funded and armed by the Algerian Government. Algerian authorities and Polisario forces illegally and unjustly detained Mr. Sidi Mouloud on 21 September for speaking in favor of the Moroccan Autonomy Plan as a final resolution for the 35-year conflict in the Western Sahara.
The Polisario claims that they released Mr. Sidi Mouloud on 6 October, but no one has seen or heard from him since his supposed release, raising serious concerns for his safety and security and that of his family.
Reverend Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council and Evangelical Church Alliance prayed, “We ask God to protect the life of this innocent man, so that he may return to his wife and children, especially his newborn baby girl, whose eyes he has not yet seen. May he and those imprisoned in the camps in Algeria know the taste of true freedom.”
“I witnessed first-hand the results of the atrocities committed by the Polisario with the blessings of Algeria when I met with people who finally escaped the camps in Algeria,” commented Sarah Channing Grieboski, Founder and President of Free My Family NOW!. “The world – and especially Sidi Mouloud’s family – deserves a straight answer from the Algerian Government when we ask, ‘Where is Sidi Mouloud?’”
“I can only fear for the worst,” worried Kathryn Cameron Porter, Founder and President of the Leadership Council for Human Rights and organizer of tonight’s vigil. “The last Polisario figure to come out in favor of the Moroccan Autonomy Plan, Mahfound Ali Beiba, died under suspicious circumstances not long after his announcement. Sidi Mouloud was detained on Algerian soil by Algerian operatives in cooperation with a group funded and aided and armed by Algeria; Algeria is culpable and responsible for the safety and security of Sidi Mouloud and we want to know from them, ‘Where is Sidi Mouloud?’”