Testimonial

Algeria: seeing things from the other side

Life on the outside

Rachid M. is a lawyer. In 1996, he was arrested, secretly detained and charged with incitement to terrorism. He spent a year in solitary confinement in El-Harrach, near Algiers, before being transferred to Tizi Ouzou. He told Prison Insider about the conditions in prison and what Ramadan is like behind bars. You can read his account here.

He was released from prison in July 1999. He discusses his release and life after prison.

In prison, I dreamt of simple pleasures

It felt strange to be on the other side of the bars

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