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Testing times in Algeria
April 2010
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Testing times in Algeria

Testing times in Algeria   A growing church in Kabylia, north-west Algeria, was to begin meeting in their new premises on 26 December 2009. But when the believers arrived at the Tizi Ouzou church, they found around 50 Muslim protesters barring the doors.   This growing church in Tizi Ouzou built their premises to accommodate 350 people. They had disregarded a letter from the authorities saying the church was illegal, as they had received such letters before. They chose to continue because they are a member of the Eglise Protestante d’Algerie (EPA), which (according to Middle East Concern) is registered with the authorities.             Church leaders contacted the...

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A visit to Algeria
January 2007
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A visit to Algeria

Esther Katrina of Arab World Ministries recently visited some of her correspondents in Algeria. These extracts from her report give highlights from the trip: God’s help began on arrival, when the police showed no interest in my baggage. I had carried in loads of books and CDs as gifts, and preferred not to be questioned about them. In stark contrast to the cold of my last trip, this time it was the heat that nearly got the better of me. The close, damp heat of early evening at the airport was just the beginning. First visitors My first visitor was Mouloud, a student to whom...

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January 2007
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People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

Area: 919,595 square miles.Neighbours: Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Western Sahara and Morocco.Environment: Algeria consists mainly of arid desert. Over 90% of the population lives north of the Atlas Mountains. The Ahaggar Mountains lie in the south. There is a narrow coastal plain with a Mediterranean climate where agriculture is possible. Population: 33 million. About 2.5 million Algerians live in Europe.Infant mortality: 3% of live births. Life expectancy: 73 years.Ethnic groups: Arab (largest), Berber, Arab-Berber, Bedouin, Moroccan, French and Hausa. Languages: Arabic (official), Berber, French and English. Literacy: 61%.Capital city and port: Algiers (4.5 million). Other cities: Oran (932,000) and Constantine (664,000). Economy: Algeria has...

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Algeria then and now
January 2007
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Algeria then and now

It is no easy task to compare the Algeria of today with the one where I pastored an Arab church in the 1970s and 1980s. It is nearly 25 years since our family left the second largest country in Africa after nine difficult but thrilling years. In those days the country was governed by a strange mixture of socialism and Islam. Its people were still enjoying victory in the war of independence from France (1954-1962) during which a million Algerians lost their lives. Tourism was not encouraged then, but today you can get cheap flights to Algeria — where visitors are invited to ski in...

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