Algeria

Rug festival turns violent in crisis-stricken southern Algeria

 
Every year, the residents of Ghardaïa, in southern Algeria, hold a rug celebration to promote their local craftwork. This year, however, it’s become very controversial. On Tuesday, human rights activists and unemployed individuals picketed the celebration’s opening parade, judging it to be too expensive given the city’s dire economic situation. The police violently dispersed the protest. Read more...
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Exclusive: Algerian oil worker recounts escaping from terrorists

 
Since the start of the hostage situation at the In Amenas gas complex on January 16, very little information has filtered out of the remote site, located in the Algerian desert. Thanks to our Observers, however, we managed to get in contact with Brahim, a BP employee who was stuck on the site until Thursday afternoon. He managed to flee with about 50 of his Algerian colleagues and three foreigners. Read more...
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Water shortages in northern Algeria: “Washing and cooking have become luxuries”

 
The mountainous district of Bouzeguène, situated in northern Algeria’s Kabylie region, has been suffering from recurring water shortages, much to the anger of local residents. Our Observer points the finger at an obsolete pipe system and poor management by the state company in charge of water distribution. Read more...
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Video shows fraud during Algerian local elections

 
This video, filmed in a voting booth in Algeria, shows people repeatedly stamping their fingerprints on a register. It is visual proof of the voting violations that marred Thursday’s local elections. Read more...
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'I have three grown sons who are all unemployed and live at home'

 
The FRANCE 24 Observers Team has launched a new series of articles, “Our Observers balance their books”, which takes a look at how people from all over the world budget their monthly income and how their finances affect daily life. In our first feature, we meet Kamel Kaci, a retired French teacher in Algeria. Read more…
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Algerian immigrants deported from Italy bound and gagged

 
Following their expulsion from Italy, two Algerian immigrants were bound and gagged on an Alitalia flight deporting them to Tunisia. Outraged not only by the situation but also by the apparent apathy of his fellow travellers, one passenger decided to snap photos of the two men and post the images on the Internet. Read more…
 
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Half a century after independence, Algerians who fought with the French are still stigmatised

 
This month, as Algeria celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Evian Accords, which brought an end to the Algerian War, the painful issue of the the Algerians who fought with the French army has resurfaced. Harkis, as they are known, are still considered by many in Algeria as traitors. Read more...

Afraid to protest in the street, youth criticise government during football matches

 
The Arab Spring's momentum was short-lived in Algeria. Protests have been quickly muzzled, so Algeria’s youth have taken their angry chants off the streets and into the football stadiums. Read more...
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Tuareg minority flees Libya, fearing attacks by anti-Gaddafi fighters

 
It is a difficult time for Libya’s minorities, many of whom are suspected by the former rebels of serving as mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi. Among these minorities are Libya’s Tuaregs, members of a nomadic people who live throughout northwest Africa. More than 500 Tuaregs have fled southern Libya in the past week to find refuge in Algeria. They no longer feel safe in Libya, according to our Observers. Read more...

Algerian smugglers send petrol to Libya, creating shortage at home

 
One of our Observers has sent us images of gigantic lines of cars queuing at petrol stations in eastern Algeria. He explains that petrol is being illegally exported to Libya, causing a shortage in his region – which is rather ironic in a country that is one of the world’s biggest oil exporters. Read more…
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