By Javier de Blas in Tindouf, Algeria
February 27, 2015 —Following the events of Feb. 27 en Smara, we returned to Bujdur. Fatma, a friend of Shabu, had invited us to a Mauritanian-style meal of rice and fish, also known as "maru u hut," prepared by her mother, whose name is Fala.
The meal was delicious. This family seems to hail from a special dynasty. I say that because they are all so good looking. And they have such wisdom and a special way of carrying themselves that they don't seem to be aware of.
While Shabu and Fatma took interest in my tablet, I asked Halima, Shabu's little sister, if I could make a portrait. I found great honesty in her eyes and in her heart.
Later, we observed the family's goats. Though they don't use them for milk or cheese, the goats are still a resource. To celebrate someone's arrival, for example, they might decide to slaughter one. Or they might sell a goat under certain circumstances for financial reasons.
Follow Javier de Blas dispatches from Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria through his blog, Viajero en Tindouf, and via Spain Urban Sketchers. He's also sharing photos and videos of his experience on his Facebook page.