The plight of the Sahrawi is one of the most protracted refugee situations in the world, but over the past quarter century a few thousand have been allowed to leave their desert camps in Algeria and study in a Caribbean island paradise. Currently, 175 young refugees are studying courses at the Cuban-Sahrawi Friendship School on the Isle of Youth. A further 358 are at universities or vocational training centers across the island republic. The Cuban government covers the cost of their tuition, board and health care, while the UN refugee agency helps fund extra items such as soap, toothpaste, sheets and towels. (UNHCR)

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