Luther student petitions United Nations

Fatimetu Jatri Emhamed to give presentation as part of International Education Week

Luther College senior Fatimetu Jatri Emhamed traveled to New York to address the United Nations Oct. 6. She spoke with the Special Political and Decolonization Committee to ask for their help with peace efforts between Morocco and her home country of Western Sahara.

As part of International Education Week, Emhamed will give a presentation detailing the history of Western Sahara's unrest and relate her experience in petitioning the United Nations. The presentation, sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, is at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Main Building Room 111 on the Luther campus.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Refreshments will be served as part of the event.

Western Sahara's long history of colonization began with Spain. Though the country gained independence from Spain in 1976, its neighbors Mauritania and Morocco both laid claim to Western Sahara in an attempt to capitalize on valuable phosphates discovered there. Following years of conflict, independence from Mauritania and a ceasefire with Morocco was reached. As part of this 1991 ceasefire, the United Nations resolved to have Western Sahara vote to become independent – however, no such action has taken place. In addition to detailing the events in her home country, Emhamed's talk will give attendees a glimpse into her experience of speaking with the UN.

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Fatimetu Jatri Emhamed