The Hirak From Paris Street

A group of Algerian men turn their heads once to each side, sending salutations to the unseen angels on their shoulders. It’s Friday, the weekly Muslim jumuah prayer.  After performing their duty to Allah, they gather around a folded table on a chilly February afternoon for hot lentil soup prepared by the informal cook of... Continue Reading →

Reflections: Tamanrasset Agreement

From June 1990 to January 1991, the ARLA (Armée Révolutionaire de Libération de l’Azawad) fought the Malian Armed Forces. In 1963-64 Mali was detached from a colonial enterprise. Man-made borders proved to be a great issue and this was only exacerbated with power centralized in the south. Southern Algerian localities like Bordj Badji Mokhtar and... Continue Reading →

Blida’s Silent Cry

In Bilda, a province that rubs shoulders with the Algerian capital Algiers, residents under mandatory quarantine cry from their apartment balconies, protest semolina shortages, and wait impatiently for help to arrive. Nadia Sahli moved to Meftah, Blida from Tizi Ouzou four months ago. The last thing she expected was being confined to her house, not... Continue Reading →

The Abandoned Plateaus of Algeria: Economic Destitution in the northern Sahara

Following protests in Ouargla and Laghouat, Algerian authorities brought forth decisions which aimed to promote the economic integration of unemployed youth living in the Southern region (defined by the European Training Foundation as covering 10 provinces: Adrar, Laghouat, Tamanrasset, Biskra, Bechar, Ouargla, Illizi, Tindouf, Oued Souf, and Ghardaia). In common parlance, the idea of “North”... Continue Reading →

Between the Henna Lines with Kenza

Kenza B. was born in France, but her family is from Tizi Ghenif, Tizi Wezzu, Algeria, who moved in 1997. Kenza was born in 1998 and grew up in the suburbs of southern Paris. She studies computer science, and has transformed her side henna hobby into an admirable business. "I've always loved drawing and painting,... Continue Reading →

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