MAGHREB MALAISE

Algeria’s youth are in trouble. Plagued by around 50% unemployment among 18 to 30 year olds and the traumatic legacy of a decade-long civil war in the 1990s, it has seen a wave of protests and self-immolations inspired by events during the Arab Spring. The grievances of these protesters are much the same – lack of opportunity, corruption, autocratic government, lack of freedom of speech and poverty. Drug addiction and alcoholism are rife and crime is often the only way to survive.