Hasana with jury friend Isabel
Hassana Hameida Hafed

Hassana represented children who are refugees.

Hassana Hameida Hafed, Western Sahara, represented children who are refugees. Hasana was born in a refugee camp in the Algerian desert, and has spent all his life there.

His parents come from Western Sahara. Their country was invaded by Morocco almost thirty years ago, and today some 170,000 Western Saharans live in huge refugee camps in the Sahara Desert. “I have never seen my country, but one day I hope to. I think that all children who are refugees should have the right to return to their home countries.' All the children living in the desert camps go to school. It’s impossible to pursue any higher studies in the camps.
   “But I want to continue my studies in an Algerian school, because I want to get an education. All the people who live in the camps have discoloured, rotten teeth. That’s because the water we drink is bad. When I grow up, I want to be a dentist. I want to help people have healthy, white teeth.'