In January this year, Emmanuel Macron’s office announced that there will be “no repentance nor apologies” for colonial abuses in Algeria. A few weeks after this, I discovered that one of these abuses was forcibly changing Algerians’ surnames – including my family’s. Growing up, my name – Leila Gamaz –...
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Leila Gamaz is an Algerian-English writer exploring untold stories, ritual, and sisterhood. She uses interviews and archival research to reveal other perspectives on Algerian and English lived experiences and the intersections between them. She is interested in inherited knowledge and trauma, and the ways in which this frames our lives. Leila co-founded Houria, a pan-African catering business that employs migrant women and survivors of modern slavery. leilagamaz.com @leilagamaz