In 1975, the Moroccan king ordered the "green march" in which 350,000 civilians took part in order to take possession of the land in the Western Sahara by peaceful means. This supposedly nonviolent march has given rise to repression, war, ethnic cleansing and exile. Here, we take a look at how colonization of the Western Sahara has left nearly nearly 200,000 people living in refugee camps, and how their lives often vacillate between desperation and militancy.