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By Daniel E Harmon

The North African state of Algeria turned autonomous in 1962 after a brutal eight-year-long struggle opposed to France. In 1991 a emerging Islamist flow within the state ended in a civil battle that lasted for greater than a decade. this present day the struggling with is over and Algerians try to place the tragedies of the earlier in the back of them and rebuild their nation.

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And it has more than 140 airports and airstrips, although fewer than half of them have paved tarmacs. International airports serve Algiers and several other large cities. Prosperity and Problems As a nation, Algeria has fared better than most African states that became independent during the mid-20th century. It earns almost twice as much The Economy A woman begs for handouts on a street in Algiers. About 16 percent of Algerian workers cannot find jobs, and 25 percent of the population live in poverty.

One of the ancient traditions of the blue people is a dance called the Guedra. The dance is performed at night around a fire. During the Guedra, the dancer veils herself in the same way that she would to protect from sun and sand, enveloping herself in darkness. During the dance, she will reach and scratch at the darkness, looking for a way to escape. The dance symbolizes the human search for enlightenment. When she is ready, the dancer will fling the veil aside and cast blessings on all the observers.

During the 1970s the Algerian government created several hundred new villages as part of a plan to redistribute the population. Additionally, as in other countries where agriculture is dwindling, rural people have been abandoning their farms, herds, and age-old way of living to seek better conditions in urban areas. 61 62 Algeria Some of Algeria’s seaports and cities date to ancient times. Yet, if the typical foreigner is asked to name a city in Algeria, it’s likely only one will come to mind. Algiers is not just the nation’s capital; it is one of the most famous cities in the Mediterranean.

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