Conflict and Beauty (03:56)
Simon Reeve continues his journey along the Tropic of Cancer. The 23,000-mile trip cuts through a variety of terrains and peoples. He travels east to the border of Libya and Egypt in North Africa, a sparsely populated and windy place.
Moroccan Territory (02:27)
Reeve takes a kite surfing lesson into the ocean before heading to Dakhla in Western Sahara. Founded by Spanish colonists in the 16th century, Western Sahara was later claimed by Moroccans. Reeve discusses the status of Western Sahara with his tour guide.
One Hundred Percent Moroccan (02:53)
Moroccans have moved to Western Sahara in hordes searching for jobs, especially attracted by the promising fishing industry. The warm, tropical waters lure in fish and tax breaks lure in workers. Reeve and his guide, Aziz, go to sea, where a migrant fisherman describes what brought him to Dakhla.
Secret Meeting (03:15)
Sahrawi locals in Western Sahara have fled into exile since the Moroccans claimed the land in Dakhla, and those that remain argue that they have been pushed to the side in their own land. Reeve sneaks away from the secret police that follow him in order to meet some local people to acquire the other side's story.
Abuse Accusations (03:42)
In a safe house full of Sahrawi human rights activists, Reeve conducts an interview to learn about the opposition of the Moroccans in Dakhla. Since 1975, an activist says, Sahrawis have been asking for their independence from the occupying Moroccans. The activists tell stories of police brutality.
Across the Mine Field (02:18)
To get to Sahrawi refugee camps, Reeve has to travel away from the line of the Tropic of Cancer because of a wall built by the Moroccans, surrounded with landmines. He crosses the border into Mauritania.
No Problem Here (03:00)
Reeve enters Nouadhibou, a city in Mauritania that is an Islamic state and once was a French colony. A train ride connects Nouadhibou to the northern town of Zouérat, close to the Sahrawi refugee camps. Reeve and his journalist companion pick up supplies for the journey.
Longest in the World (02:55)
In Mauritania's beauty culture, women are supposed to be fat. Force feeding young girls to improve their likelihood to marry is a problematic tradition in the culture. Reeve boards a train to head into the refugee camps.
Like a Fisherman (02:34)
In a small passenger compartment over the 400-mile journey, Reeve and his journalist companion, Hamdi, share a feast. Hamdi teaches Reeve inappropriate words in his language and playfully refuses to share sardines while the two share many laughs.
Shelter From Acacia Trees (03:19)
Forty percent of the exports of Mauritania are in the form of iron ore. The town of Zouérat grew around the iron exports. Reeve travels with security advisor, Rob Watt.
Polisario Military Base (03:32)
Reeve and Watt pitch a camp in the desert and cook with fire and sand. A Tuareg nomad comes to their camp and nomadic code decrees that all food should be shared with passing strangers, so they feed the nomad. Before sunrise, they head to meet the Polisario, the Sahrawi independence movement.
Berm of Shame (02:14)
Reeve heads to refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria where thousands of Sahrawis live. They travel close to the wall built by Moroccans. Many Sahrawi families are divided by the wall.
Home in the Camp (02:13)
In Southern Algeria, Reeve finally arrives at a refugee camp where over 100,000 of the displaced live. They could return to Western Sahara but do not because of fear of Moroccan rule. Reeve meets the family of a colonel in the Polisario Army at the refugee camp.
Crossroads in the Desert (03:53)
Reeve catches a flight across Algeria to continue the journey on the Tropic of Cancer. The flight is in the middle of the night so that passengers cannot see military operations on the ground. Reeve's next destination is Tamanrasset, Algeria, on the edge of the Sahara Desert.
Algerian Danger (03:21)
Reeve stops in Djanet, Algeria where he speaks to his tour guide about the terrorism in Algeria. Terrorism kills hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Algeria.
Southwest Libya (03:25)
Algeria's tense relationship with Libya nearly prevented Reeve from entering the country, but after negotiations, he crosses the border into Libya. He heads to the town of Ghat, then off road into the desert.
Good Country (03:25)
In the desert, a vast reserve of water beneath the Sahara creates the Ubari oasis lakes. Global climate change already affects the desert, as in the drying of the Ubari lakes.
Giant Sand Sea (02:38)
Reeve visits a visitor's hut in Libya where he finds an inscription from a British official. Libya has recently been brought into good graces after changing policies on nuclear matters. Reeve boards an airplane to continue the journey to Al Kufra, near the border of Libya and Egypt.
Eighth Wonder of the World (03:47)
Reeve comes across a project called the Great Man-Made River Project, one of the largest engineering projects ever made. A vast network of pipes through the desert in Libya is designed to pump water from underground lakes into Libya's coastal cities.
Credits: Western Sahara to Libya: Episode 2—Tropic of Cancer (00:34)
Credits: Western Sahara to Libya: Episode 2—Tropic of Cancer
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