Tahar Djaout, the North African novelist, died on June 3, 1993 after being shot by a hit man. His death, at the age of 39, is a tragic loss for Algeria in general, and for the Amazigh culture in particular, adding to the literary vacuum caused by the death of two prominent Algerian writers, Mouloud Mammeri and Kateb Yacine, in 1989.
Kenza, tazlitt i Tahar Djaout sɣur Lewnas Maɛtub
*Lounes Matoub was gunned down on June 25, 1998. He just released his last album“Tabratt i leḥkem” (Letter to the government). It was aledged that thekilling was ordered by the Armed Islamic Group, but most Amazigh people inAlgeria believe the government is behind the killing.
** Kenza is the oldestdaughter of Tahar Djaout who was killed by Muslim fundamentalists in 1993.Rachid Tigziri (Berber activist), Smail Yefsah (Berber TV journalist), LaadiFlici (medical doctor and well known poet and playwright), Djillali Liabes(sociologist and former minister of higher education), and Prof. MahfoudBoucebsi (psychiatrist, who was also involved in the care of abandoned childrenand unwed mothers) are among the intellectuals who have fallen victim to theviolence in Algeria
Taous Khazem is headed to Kabylia (Algeria) where she will work on the ACAA sponsored project "Kabyl Folktale Theater." You can follow her progress on this project on her blog at:
Tamazgha Association (Paris) Presents a Report to the UN's CESCR on Amazigh Cultural Rights in France
In conformance with the International Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, France presented its periodic report on April 29 & 30, 2008 during the 40th session of the United Nations' Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) that was being held from April 28 to May 16, 2008 in Geneva. To this effect, many organizations dealing with regional or minority languages and cultures made the trip to Geneva in order to present alternative report to that of France. Among them is Tamazgha of Paris who presented a report on the linguistic and cultiral rights of the Amazighs in France.
ACAA now accepts creadit card payments through PayPal. We created a page just for donations. If you click on the tab "Donate", you will be taken to a page with a "Donate" button. This takes you to our PayPal account where all major credit cards are accepted.
Member of ACAA Amor Nouri wanted to give an homage to two important entities that affected him deeply and did it the American way. In the United States, many people express gratititude, thanks or donate to projects of interest to the public while being recognized through a message or an inscription on a marble plaque, on a public bench, or even on a paver. This is the way Amor Nouri has chosen to remember forever:
Here is a picture of the Peninsula, Delaware, where the brick pavers have been installed. You can visit their website at: http://www.peninsuladelaware.com/
Elizabeth Alalou and Ali Alalou, illustrated by Julie Klear Eskalli
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