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Voices of the Dead Echo Across Algeria

Algeria is mending from a decade-long civil war, but its ghosts of the dead, and especially of the missing, continue to haunt the government and military. A military coup in 1992 prevented an Islamist government from taking power, but it introduced years of terror. More than 150,000 people died, killed by either Islamist rebels or government forces. Many of the dead — a tenth — have never been found; their relatives, like Ali Merabet, are still trying to find the remains. Thanks to an amnesty four years ago, former Islamist rebels have helped in the search. Peering into a brick-lined well half-hidden among the orange groves here, Mr. Merabet and a former rebel, Hafid Oumedi, stood discussing whether the bones of Mr. Merabet’s brothers, Aziz and Merzak, might lie at the unseen bottom. Full Story

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