An man walks in Carrière-Jaubert, one of the oldest suburbs on the northern outskirts of Algiers known for its gang violence.
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Tired of living in fear of gang violence, Karima and her children left the drab satellite town of Ali Mendjeli near Constantine in northeast Algeria to seek refuge with in-laws.Experts say urban violence is on the rise due to social insecurity, traumatic memories of Algeria's civil war in the 1990s and the mushrooming of deprived towns like Ali Mendjeli on the edges of major cities.Professor Rachid Belhadj, head of Forensic Medicine at the Mustapha Bacha University Hospital Center in Algiers, labels them "ghettos" where violence is growing "like a cancer".On top of that, youth unemployment hit 26.7 percent in September 2016, according to official figures, in a country where a quarter of the population is aged between 15 and 29 .Some experts link the rising violence to the civil war between the government and armed Islamist groups in the 1990s that killed 200,000 people.
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