Current fellow Karina Piser (France, 2017-2019) reports on the official government recognition of the French military’s systemic use of torture during the Algerian war of independence from 1954 to 1962. It was an important step in reckoning with France’s violent legacy and colonial history, she writes. “For the immense mass of those who lived this period of colonization, it will leave an indelible trace.” However, it remains to be seen whether the admission will lead to reconciliation and healing.

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