The Algerian history is the reach of freedom stories which are being recorded by the people of Algeria. It has always been said that few of the warriors were always praised while others have always remained unsung.
Let us have a look which of them has contributed for nation’s goodwill:
Mostafa Ben Boulaïd:
The journey of a revolutionary Ben Boulaïd was born on February 5, 1917, in Arris (Aurès) into a peasant family. In 1936, he immigrated to the Metz region, he was elected union official. Mobilized in the French army in 1939, he was released in 1942 and became a miller in Arris.
He was elected head of the region’s traders’ union and, in 1943, he became interested in politics thanks to a PPA activist, Mahieddine Bekkouche, who was released from Lambèse prison the same year.
In 1943, he was mobilized in Khenchela as a reservist until 1945 and after his return to respected civilian life at the underground PPA and then at the MTLD. In 1953, Messali intervenes so that Ben Boulaïd is coopted to the central committee as responsible for the reconstituted SO, based on a second report by Hocine Aït Ahmed of 1952, and placed under the direction of secretary-general Ben Khedda.
Mohamed Larbi Ben M’hidi:
Mohamed Larbi Ben M’hidi (1923-1957) is an Algerian nationalist activist from the PPA, then from the MTLD and a fighter and leader of the FLN during the Algerian war (1954-1962).
He was arrested, tortured, and then executed without trial by the French army during the Battle of Algiers in February 1957. Considered a “hero” of the “Algerian Revolution” in Algeria, several places and institutional buildings were awarded his last name. He joined the ranks of the Algerian Muslim Scouts, after a few months, he became head of the scout group.
Amirouche Aït Hamouda:
Amirouche Aït Hamouda, born in 1926 in Tassaft (Tizi Ouzou), is an early nationalist activist, first in the Special Organization of the MTLD in Algiers then in Paris; then he joined the ranks of the ALN in 1954.
In the summer of 1957, he was appointed to the rank of colonel of Wilaya III, after Belkacem Krim and Saïd Mohammedi joined the CCE (Coordination and Execution Committee).
The death of Amirouche gave rise to significant media exploitation. He embodies in the eyes of the FLN the mujahid par excellence, in the eyes of the French army, the number one “rebel”, the “outlaw”, the enemy to be killed. The exhibition of the body of Amirouche in the written and television press is one of the characteristics of propaganda in wartime and aims to humiliate the enemy.
Mohamed Seddik Benyahia:
Mohamed Seddik Benyahia was born on January 30, 1932, in Jijel. His friends and relatives called him “Little Benyahia” because of his frail figure and fragile build.
Harassed by the colonial forces, Benyahia joined the FLN authorities outside and found with friends the UGEMA. After representing Algeria at the Afro-Asian student conference in Bandoeng, Benyahia became the permanent representative of Algeria in arms in Southeast Asia with another renowned diplomat.