by Rana Sidani in Reghaia and Rouiba
At first sight, the town of Reghaia,
some 24 km east of Algiers, seems contradictory. At the entrance to a complex
of new whitewashed chalets, is a collection of sad canvas tents.
The buildings are full of cracks, caused
by the earthquake that devastated the country last May, leaving 2,200 people
dead, 10,000 injured and 180,000 homeless.
In the middle, amid the chalets, the
damaged buildings and tents, are three gleaming aluminium mobile kitchens,
full of chicken, meat and other dishes. From time to time, the kitchens