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Et deprimerende syn er vanskjøtselen og neglisjeringen av kristne kirkegårder i Algerie. Bildene er fra Sidi-Abbes kirkegården åtte mil sørvest for Oran. De ble lagt ut på bloggen La Salon Beige, uten tekst. Noen lesere etterlyste tekst, og dermed la vedkommende inn følgende:

«I must come to the rescue of Michel Janva (the administrator of Le Salon Beige) since I’m the one responsible for this argument.

I’m from Oran, and am a member of the historical committee CLAN (Liaison Committee of Associations of Frenchmen of North Africa). The photos are from 2009. We have a committee in charge of the cemeteries in Algeria that gathers information on the condition of our cemeteries. A year ago, France decided to bring together the remains from several necropolises of smaller cities into one or two large cemeteries. The condition of the sites is disastrous and has been since independence. We can provide detailed documentation that covers more than thirty years of observations.

The military cemeteries have not been spared. As an example, the cemetery of Mers-el-Kébir, where the tombs were smashed a few years ago. The Algerian government did not agree to clean them up unless there were no more crosses, just a simple stone on the graves. The bones were emptied out and placed in a pile.

We received the photos from Oran Tamashouet – a large necropolis if ever there was one. Its indescribable condition proves that there is a conscious will to sully the graves. My family is buried there, and I hope you will spare me any further reckless comments (…)

Note: He is referring to those comments questioning the authenticity of the photos».