Jira Bulahi Bad

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Jira Bulahi Bad (born on June 20, 1965 in El-Aaiún) is an engineer, politician and activist from the disputed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.[1]

Biography

Jira Bulahi Bad was born in El Aaiún on June 20, 1965 (currently administered by Morocco), when Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (or Western Sahara) was still a Spanish colony. Following the Green March mass demonstration in November 1975, she fled with her family to Tindouf in Algeria, close to the Mauritanian, Western Saharan and Moroccan borders. She complete high school in that country and took advantage of a scholarship to study Electronic Engineering in Cuba. Upon her return, she joined various Sahrawi political and social organizations, such as the Saharawi Youth Union or the National Union of Saharawi Women, entities in which she occupied positions of leadership.[2]

In the years that followed her return, Jira Bulahi Bad occupied herself in the field of international relations. After obtaining a master's degree in International Cooperation at the University of Alicante in Spain, she became the representative of the "Popular de Liberación de Saguía el Hamra y Río de Oro" (English: ("Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Río de Oro", or Polisario Front) in Sweden for the Nordic countries. She has also served as director for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.[3]

References

  1. ^ ""Marruecos ha expulsado a la ONU y ni siquiera eso les hace convocar el referéndum saharaui"". Eldiario.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-11-22. 
  2. ^ "El Frente Polisario elige por primera vez a una mujer como representante en España" (in Spanish). Publico. Retrieved 2017-11-22. 
  3. ^ "El Frente Polisario elige por vez primera a una mujer como representante en España". La Vanguardia. La Vanguardia. Retrieved 2017-11-22. 
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