1956-- French Occupiers have come to destroy the village and funnel everyone to more vulnerable cities
EVERYBODY OUT! Men go to the right, women and children to the left!
They took all the men to a separate area, and began torturing them for information on the Mujahideen
I know nothing! Please spare my family and I!
TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW!!
After a few days, the French decided to empty the village. They wanted to isolate their problem of the rebels to the cities only.
You have exactly one day to pack up and leave! Take only what you can carry, and leave!
Please help us! We have nowhere to go!
Zubaida's father had been taken prisoner by the French. Her mother didn't have anyone to help her with all her kids, and had nowhere to go
Sorry, I have my own family to deal with. BYE!
That night, Zubaida and her family were one of the few people left alone in the village. Tired and afraid, the only thing they heard were the rabid dogs and French soldiers outside. All of a sudden, they heard something else.
Don’t worry about anything, we’ll protect you. And the one who left you, he’ll answer for his actions
It's the Mujahideen! Don't worry anymore, we're going to be safe inshaAllah
The next day, Zubaida and her family escaped their destroyed village. They moved to the port city of Dellys, where they found an older cousin who let them live in one bedroom of his house. They lived their for the rest of their childhood, through French liberation in 1962, and remain in Dellys until this day. The village remains can still be found, with a few stone walls left standing. Everything else was destroyed by the French.