The Belezma Range
is a northwestern prolongation of the Aures Mountains located where the Tell Atlas
and the Saharan Atlas come together. Its main summits are 2,178 m (7,146 ft) high Djebel Refaâ and 2,136 m (7,008 ft) high Djebel Tichaou.
Historically, the Aures served as a refuge and bulwark for the Berber
tribes, forming a base of resistance against the Romans
, and Arabs
along the centuries.
The mountain area was also a district of French Algeria
that existed during and after the Algerian War of Independence
from 1954 to 1962. It was in this region that the Algerian War of Independence was started by Berber freedom fighters. The rugged terrain of the Aures makes it still one of the least developed areas in the Maghreb
In eastern Algeria, the Aures
is a large Berber
-speaking region, home of the Chaoui people
. The Chaoui eastern Berber
population practices traditional transhumance
, farming fixed stone terraces in the mountains where they grow sorghum
, as well as other grains and vegetables. Seasonally they move their cattle to relatively warm areas in the lowland valleys where they pitch tents or live in other temporary structures and tend livestock through the winter.
- ^ Belezma National Park - Travel to Algeria
- ^ Conant, Jonathan (2012). Staying Roman : conquest and identity in Africa and the Mediterranean, 439–700. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. pp. 280–281. ISBN 0521196973.
- ^ La vie économique du Chaouia de l'Aures
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