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Memories of Algeria's Freedom Struggle: “Inside the Battle of Algiers” Book Discussion

On September 18, 2017, the Wilson Center Africa Program, Middle East Program, and the Women in Public Service Project in partnership with Just World Books hosted Mme. Zohra Drif, a key figure in the Algerian independence movement most notable for her role in the 1957 Battle of Algiers. Mme. Drif discussed the launch of the English translation of her book, Inside the Battle of Algiers, and her role in the critical turning point of the eight-year struggle for independence from France.

Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Africa Program Director, gave opening remarks and noted how women’s involvement in liberation movements is often forgotten and the importance of sharing their stories. Dr. David Ottaway, Wilson Center Middle East Program Fellow, moderated the discussion which began with Mme. Drif recounting her life under French colonial rule, detailing the discrimination and struggles native Algerians faced under French rule which emboldened her participation in the freedom fight. Her book is intended reach audiences beyond Algeria and North Africa and provides lessons for activism and freedom struggles globally.

 

Memories of Algeria's Freedom Struggle: “Inside the Battle of Algiers” Book Discussion

This event was livetweeted. Follow the Africa Program Twitter account @AfricaUpClose

 

 

Speakers

Moderator

  • David Ottaway

    David Ottaway

    Middle East Fellow
    Middle East specialist and former Washington Post Correspondent

Speakers