Hassiba Ben Bouali

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Hassiba Ben Bouali
حسيبة بن بوعلي
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Born Hassiba Ben Bouali
(1938-01-18)18 January 1938
El-Asnam, Algeria
Died 9 October 1957(1957-10-09) (aged 19)
Casbah, Algiers, Algeria
Alma mater University of Algiers
Organization Armée de Libération Nationale (ALN)
Known for Battle of Algiers
Movement Front de Libération Nationale (FLN)
Religion Sunni Islam

Hassiba Ben Bouali (Arabic: حسيبة بن بوعلي‎) (18 January 1938 – 9 October 1957) was a militant the Algerian independence war (1954–62).

She was born in El-Asnam, Algeria.[1] Her parents moved to Algiers in 1947, where she studied at the Lycée Delacroix (high-school). She joined the Scout Movement, and her travels made her aware of the conditions of the Algerian people under the colonial government. This motivated her to join the Union Générale des Étudiants Musulmans Algériens (General Union of Algerian Muslim Students) in 1954, at the age of 16. She participated in the nationalist struggle until her death. In the 1957 Battle of Algiers, she and three companions including Ali Ammar (aka Ali La Pointe) were killed when French forces bombed their hideout in the Casbah.

Benbouali was depicted in the movie The Battle of Algiers by Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo. One of the largest avenues in Algiers and the University of Chlef were named after her.


  1. ^ Ghada Talhami (December 19, 2012). Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa. Scarecrow Press. p. 55. ISBN 978-0810868588. 

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