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All the area around the Saharawi refugee camps is fascinating (for theoccasional visitor of course, not for those who has been living there for thirty years). The desert and the scenery can change dramatically in fewchilometers, from flat "hammada", the rock desert, to canyon and dunes. Each year, before and after the "Sahara Marathon" (a solidarity race created to raise awarness of the Saharawi refugees problem), I used to take walks and short runs in the camps, followed by kids, passing near the very small gardens (something unbelievable in the desert), then through all the tents of the camps, that are very large and sparse. From the refugee camp of Dakhla you can walk or run to beautiful sand dunes, a few kilometers out of the camp, a very beautiful course if done early in the morning. You can visit the camp as a normal visitor or as a volunteer for the many humanitarian projects ran by different NGOs. Going to the camps is not so easy, but you can try to ask for help to NGOs in your country that have projects at the camps, or participate to the "Sahara Marathon".