By Daniel E Harmon
The North African kingdom of Algeria grew to become self reliant in 1962 after a brutal eight-year-long warfare opposed to France. In 1991 a emerging Islamist circulate within the kingdom resulted in a civil conflict that lasted for greater than a decade. this present day the combating is over and Algerians try to place the tragedies of the prior in the back of them and rebuild their nation.
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Infrastructure While many American households have more than one telephone line, in Algeria there is one telephone for every 20 people, on average. There is one radio for perhaps every four people—and fewer than half as many television sets. In 2007 it was estimated that less than 2 million people out of a population of more than 32 million were Internet users. While technologically poor, Algeria is fairly well connected when it comes to transportation. Several major east-west highways run through northern Algeria between the Moroccan and Tunisian borders, as does a rail line.
For a while more than two-thirds of the new nation’s population were out of work. In the 1970s the country began to recover thanks to valuable resources that had lain hidden in the ground beneath Algeria: oil, natural gas, and minerals. S. 14 Algerian dinars (2007) *GDP is the total value of goods and services produced in a country annually. All figures are 2006 estimates unless otherwise indicated. Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007. Algeria’s Important Natural Resources Fuel sources, or hydrocarbons, are Algeria’s most valuable economic assets.
In addition, while the women go unveiled, the men cover their faces with the tail end of their turbans. It is believed that evil spirits enter the body through the mouth and 53 54 Algeria Stop signs in Algeria include the English word “Stop,” as well as the Arabic equivalents. nose, so the men cover their faces to keep them out. Women, however, are believed to be immune to evil spirits because they possess the power of life. Instead, the women wear a headdress. When the weather is harsh, they drape a length of fabric from their dresses over the headdress to create a cool tent over their heads.
Algeria (Africa: Continent in the Balance) by Daniel E Harmon