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Spanish woman kidnapped by her Saharan biological family 'forced into arrange marriage'
05 March 2017 @ 22:30

A SAHARAN woman adopted by a Spanish family was due to be married by her biological parents today (Saturday) to 'oppress her completely' and 'take away her free will', according to the Sevilla couple, who fear for the 23-year-old's welfare.

Maloma Morales de Matos, who has Spanish nationality but was born in Tindouf, part of the disputed Western Sahara territory and geographically part of Algeria, has been held hostage by her family of origin since December 2015 and unable to return to what has been her home since she was 12 years old in Mairena de Aljarafe (Sevilla province).

She had spent every summer with Pepe Morales and Carmen de Matos from the age of seven as part of the Holidays in Peace programme, whereby Sahara refugee camp children who make a concerted effort at school are rewarded with a three-month stay at a foster home in Spain between mid-June and mid-September, and their summer parents get the chance to visit them in the autumn at their camp in Tindouf.


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