Algeria born into violence after independence
30 January 2013 Last updated at 22:35 GMT
Violence and the fight against Islamic extremism have played prominent roles throughout much of Algeria's modern history.
A decade-long war for independence from colonial France ended in 1962 but was a bitter conflict. At the end of the war Algeria said 1.5 million people had died.
That shaped the future for Alergia, as Alan Little reports.