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29 June 1875

Cherif Bouchoucha's real name is Mohamed Ben Toumi Ben Brahim. He was born in 1827 in one of the villages of the Djebel Amour mounts, the village of Elghachia.

When he decided to resist to the French, he went to Figuig to raise funds and collect weapons but he got arrested in 1862 and jailed for some time.
He moved to Tunisia and then to Tripoli (Libya) after he failed to join the resistance movement of Ouled Sidi Chikh.

On his return to Algeria, Bouchoucha mobilized a group of men from Ain Salah. He was appreciated by the tribes of Chaanba whom he led in a number of battles.
The resistance of Bouchoucha, strengthened after the outbreak of El Mokarni's resistance, helped delay the French expenasion in the Sahara. But the French, under the command of General Delacroix, managed to repel him from Ouargla on January 2nd, 1872.
And during the battle of Maylouk (South of Ain Salah), he was imprisoned and a death sentence was pronounced against him.
On June 29th, 1875, then French applied the death sentence and killed Cherif Bouchoucha in Constantine.
Un homme se leva et demanda permission d'appeler les fidèles à la prière.
Permission lui fût donnée:
- Vous pouvez les appeler, tant que vous les appelez à Dieu et non à vous-même.
- Mais comment saurais-je la différence?
- Si ça vous dérange que quelqu'un d'autre les appelle à Dieu, c'est que vous les appelez à vous-même.