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Algeria

Algerian Limbo: Black, Undocumented, Dreaming Of Europe

The North African country is increasingly a destination for sub-Saharian Africans looking to move on to Europe, even if many get stuck in Algeria with few rights or hopes for work.

In Oran, looking toward Europe?
In Oran, looking toward Europe?
Charlotte Bozonnet

ORAN — Carpets cover the ground, and large golden curtains divide the room in two to allow for a secluded space for sleeping. A small plastic swing for the children stands next to a small kitchen table. All to forget that we are in a garage.

But it has started to get cold here as winter arrives in this northern Algerian port city. John*, sitting in a chair, promises to find a solution before the temperature starts to drop further. He also urges the visitors not to talk too loudly. Only wooden blinds separate the room from the street.

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Hide-And-Seek Of Drone Warfare, A Letter From Ukraine's Front Line

A member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces writes his account of the new dynamic of targeting, and being targeted by, the invading Russian troops, as drones circle above and trenches get left behind.

A Ukrainian military drone operator during a testing of anti-drone rifle in Kyiv.

Igor Lutsenko*

KYIV — The current war in Ukraine is a game of hide-and-seek. Both sides are very well-stocked with artillery, enough to destroy the enemy along many kilometers. Swarms of drones fly through the air day and night, keeping a close eye on the earth's surface below. If they notice something interesting, it immediately becomes a target. Depending on the priority, they put it in line for destruction by artillery.

Therefore, the only effective way to survive is to hide, or at least somehow prove to the drones your non-priority status — and avoid moving to the front of the 'queue of death.'

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In general, the nature of this queue is a particular thing. It may seem to be a god, but is instead a simple artillery captain's decision of when to have lunch, and when to fire on the house where several enemy soldiers are staying. It's just a handful of ordinary people (observers, artillerymen) deciding how long their enemies will live depending on their own schedule or the weather, the availability of ammunition or if they're feeling tired.

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