An Conversation About Current Human Rights Violations in Algeria

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

Please Join us in a conversation to unpack the Algerian identity, crisis, and perpetual struggle for democracy. From colonization to military regime, the Algerian mirage continues.

March 9th, 2022

Virtual Event

Co- Facilitator with ILSA

General Secretary and co-founder of Ri-se Non-profit organization. ’08C, ’17GEd, human rights activist, educator, and author.

Farida Bouattoura is an Educator and Activities, with particular interest in Algerian Hirak. She Is the General Secretary of a non profit she co founded; RI-SE, Reaching Independence through Social Engagement. Farida Is also pursuing a Phd here at St. John’s University. Farida Bouattoura also works with SHOAA for Human Rights, a nonprofit based in London that advocates for human rights in Algeria. Researching,documenting testimony, aiding displaced refugees, and writing academic articles

Elaine Mokhtefi

Elaine Mokhtefi is an American writer and painter who worked with the National Liberation Front of Algeria (FLN) in its New York office during the Algerian War for independence, its principal activity being to lobby the United Nations. She lived in Algiers from 1962 to 1974 and was one of the organizers of the First Pan-African Cultural Festival of summer 1969. She was instrumental in the establishment of the International Section of the Black Panther Party in Algiers and became a close collaborator of Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver. Her memoir Algiers, Third World Capital was published by Verso (United States and United Kingdom) in August 2018, in French by LaFabrique (France) in May 2019 and by editions-barzakh (Algeria) in July 2019. She was married to Mokhtar Mokhtefi, Algerian writer who died in 2015. His memoir I Was a French Muslim was published in New York by Other Press in 2021. She lives in New York City.

Andrew G. Farrand

Andrew G. Farrand is a non-resident senior fellow covering North Africa at the Atlantic Council and author of THE ALGERIAN DREAM (2021). He lived and worked in Algeria from 2013 to 2020, implementing youth development programs across the country alongside a range of creative projects. “An expert on North Africa” (The New Yorker), he is the translator of INSIDE THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (2017) by Zohra Drif, a contributor to UNCOMMON ALGER (2016), and author of numerous articles on Algeria. He is well known in Algeria as a travel writer, photographer, and media personality. Born and raised in the United States, he is a proficient Algerian Arabic and French speaker. In 2020 he served as host of Andi Hulm (“I Have a Dream”), Algeria’s first entrepreneurship reality television show. He blogs at

Hamid Lellou

Hamid Lellou is a certified mediator and conflict resolution and operational culture analyst. His areas of interests are Africa and Middle East, where he spent more than 15 years working in both the informal and formal business markets in Africa, supervising international nonprofit programs, managing refugee camp operations, and interacting with numerous foreign government officials. These long and different experiences have afforded Hamid the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and an interdisciplinary perspective of the regions.


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