Algerian Minister of Culture hands over books to SADR

Algiers, November 11, 2018 (SPS) - A total of 7000 books were handed over on Saturday, in Algiers, by Algerian Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

The handing over of these books, published in 2016 and 2017, is part of the cooperation in the field of culture between the two countries’ culture ministries, an action coinciding with the wrap up of the 23rd International Book Fair of Algiers (SILA 2018).

Between poetry and prose, these books are the fruit of Sahrawi writers, like “Glory of people” by Houcine Ibrahim, “Wedding in a prison” by Khadidja Hamdi and the handbook “Cultural guide of Sahrawi teacher” by Ghali Ahmed  Laabid.

Speaking about these books, the minister described this initiative as a “token of friendship” between the two countries, and a “first step” towards the publication of a series of writings dealing with the literature of Western Sahara and its writers, witnesses of “struggle led by these people.”

For his part, Sahrawi ambassador to Algeria Abdelkader Taleb praised this “friendly gesture,” pointing out that this contribution “will further enrich the Sahrawi library” and will allow “making the struggle of the Sahrawi people known to others.”

23rd SILA wrapped up Saturday after more than ten days of cultural activities. (SPS)