Sexual violence in Algeria: is society an accomplice? - Young Africa

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Marches against sexual violence took place on October 10 in Algiers, Béjaïa, Oran and Constantine, bringing together hundreds of demonstrators.

Marches against sexual violence took place on October 10 in Algiers, Béjaïa, Oran and Constantine, bringing together hundreds of demonstrators. © © RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

The assassination of Chaïma, a young woman of 19 who was raped and then burned alive, has been shaking the country for several days.


Brown hair, big almond eyes and a slight smile. The photo of Chaïma has been circulating for a few days in the Algerian press and on social networks, where the hashtag # JusticePourChaïma has been shared thousands of times. The 19-year-old was raped, beaten, and then burned alive by a man of her age. His body was found on October 2 in the town of Thénia, east of Algiers. According to the victim's mother, the executioner is close to the family against whom Chaïma had already filed a rape complaint in 2016.

This case is far from being an isolated case. “Two months ago, a 15-year-old girl was raped by her 45-year-old neighbor in Tipaza [a coastal town 61 kilometers west of Algiers]. He then cut it up and threw it in bags. Nobody spoke about it, ”indignant Lina Farah Cheboub, creator of TBD Algeria, the only Algerian platform exclusively dedicated to raising awareness of sexual violence.

Silence, we rape ...

“During the same period in Oran, an 8-year-old child was raped by four adults. The same. Complete silence. »From there to speak of a social phenomenon? Through her platform and the Child Protection Algeria Facebook page that she moderates with around 27 people, the 25-year-old activist says in any case that she has collected "more than 000 testimonies from survivors of sexual abuse since last June ”.

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