60 years on from the French occupation of Algeria, and my heritage is still lost (Shado magazine)

In January 2021, Emmanuel Macron’s office announced that there will be “no repentance nor apologies” for colonial abuses in Algeria. A few weeks after this, I discovered that one of these abuses was forcibly changing Algerians’ surnames – including my family’s.


Through searching for my name, I explore how the aftermath of the French occupation continues to play out in the present-day, and how cultures become diluted when they are intentionally fragmented.


Read the full piece on the Shado Mag website. Thanks to @nn.aa.ii for the accompanying illustration.