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Algeria

Behind Algeria's Tattoos: A Portrait Series

The tattoos of women in the Aurés Mountains of Algeria recall a bygone era rich in history and tradition. Today each woman bears a unique cultural marker -- and the individual story it tells.

Loss of Traditional Tattoos Tied to Islam

In the Aures Mountains of Algeria, the practice of tattooing has stopped due to Islamic influence. Some elderly tattooed women seek forgiveness while others remain content.

Climate Change and Sheepherding in Algeria

Although Algeria is a low emitter of greenhouse gasses, environmental changes like lower rainfall, higher temperatures, and longer cycles of drought have slashed profits for Algerian sheepherders.

Between the Lines: Facial Tattoos and the Chaouia

Facial tattoos, once popular among Chaouia women in Algeria, are now less prevalent. This project examines their contribution to identity, their symbolic meaning, and reasons for their disappearance.

Meet the Journalist: Yasmin Bendaas

Yasmin Bendaas discusses reporting in Algeria—a 2012 project on the disappearing tradition of facial tattoos among the Chaouia and a current project on the effect of climate change on sheepherders.

Meet Student Fellow Yasmin Bendaas

Wake Forest University student reporting fellow Yasmin Bendaas examines the tradition of facial tattooing in Algeria.

Museum of Current Crises

This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.