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
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