Amazigh people

The faded pride of Amazigh tattoos

For the indigenous Amazighs of Africa, body art was more than just pictures. They have been a decisive, almost poetic social marker for centuries. Berber woman wearing ethnic jewelry, Kairouan, Kairouan (Al Qayrawan) governorate, Tunisia. (DeAgostini / Getty Images) For many native North Africans, the nuances of nostalgia take on …

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The state of Amazigh culture in Algeria and Morocco

Originally from North Africa, the Amazigh people, sometimes known as Berbers, have spent decades fighting for cultural recognition in the predominantly Arab region. For years, Amazigh activists have engaged in a battle against oppressive policies while trying to promote measures that would help preserve Amazigh identity. Despite recent successes, however, …

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Poverty among Berber families in Morocco

SEATTLE – From 2001 to 2014, Morocco’s per capita consumption increased to 3.3%, leading to a decline in monetary poverty and vulnerability to 4.8 and 12.5%. Despite these improvements, rural areas in Morocco still experience a higher level of subjective poverty. In 2014, the rural poverty rate in Morocco increased …

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Meet the warrior queen who fought the Arabs – OZY

A fearless warrior woman, Dihya briefly prevented Arab invaders from sweeping through North Africa in the 7th century. Tall and powerful, the outnumbered general woman named Dihya performed a final act of stubborn defiance against an Arab army invading her homeland in northwest Africa. Far from the stereotype of a …

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The Berbers welcome the Amazigh New Year | Berbers

The Berbers of North Africa are heralding the Amazigh New Year, with festivities featuring traditional food, music and dancing planned throughout the region. Friday marks the first day of the year 2968 for the indigenous inhabitants of North Africa, also known as the Amazigh. The Amazigh New Year – or …

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Who are the Amazighs of Egypt? – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

CAIRO – Visitors to the Siwa oasis quickly notice the friendliness of the people who welcome them. With warm smiles, the residents of the oasis take pride in showing visitors their cultural heritage and traditions. Unlike many other parts of Egypt, the Siwa Oasis, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) east …

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