By Daniel E Harmon
The North African kingdom of Algeria turned self sustaining in 1962 after a brutal eight-year-long battle opposed to France. In 1991 a emerging Islamist circulate within the nation resulted in a civil battle that lasted for greater than a decade. at the present time the struggling with is over and Algerians are trying to place the tragedies of the earlier in the back of them and rebuild their kingdom.
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In early times some of the Berbers embraced Carthaginian and, later, Roman gods. , Christianity spread widely across North Africa. Then came the Muslims from the east. Today, Islam is the official state religion, and almost all Algerians are of the Malikite sect of Sunni Muslims. Recently, those who follow strict Muslim teachings have increased their influence in the country. A small fraction of the population are Christians; an even smaller fraction are Jews. Nine years of schooling are required for Algerian children.
64 Algeria Sidi Bel Abbès Inland Algerian cities and towns have grown and developed for different reasons. Sidi Bel Abbès in northwestern Algeria originally was a French Foreign Legion post, built by legionnaires in 1847. Until independence more than a century later, it continued to be a principal training center for the military. Sidi Bel Abbès is now home to an estimated 200,000 people. It is located near the seasonal river of Wadi Mekerra, and local industry includes agriculture and farm machinery manufacturing.
Algeria is also a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a coalition of mostly Arab nations with significant oil resources; the Arab League, an organization that includes all of the countries in the Arab world; the African Union, a group interested in promoting economic success in Africa and unity among African nations; and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, designed to improve international relations between predominantly Muslim states. When neighboring North African nations Ethiopia and Eritrea attempted to settle a vicious border dispute, Algeria worked with other countries to aid the 2000 peace process.
Algeria (Africa: Continent in the Balance) by Daniel E Harmon