“I worked for a local newspaper during the Algerian civil war in the nineties, and there was a curfew obviously but I and colleagues had a pass allowing us to work late night. I just got my driving license and I was still not so good. One night a colleague offered to drive us back home along with two others and since I was new I rejected the offer, I REFUSED to drive during night with risk of snipers.
Anyway we were close to reaching a square and by the time we got there I heard a pop and windshield glass shattered. My colleague who offered me to drive got shot in the head.
By the time I realized what happened we got surrounded by soldiers fighting against the revolution party, they thought we were some fighters that they planned to ambush.
It could’ve been me, thank god. But the sad thing is that those things, those “collateral damages” happened all the time during that period, and not only military men suffered from the atrocities of war but civilians as well, sometimes civilians suffer more.”
– Anonymous Algerian Civilian. Algerian Civil War. 1995
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