2012 Outstanding Peace Activist
Year of Birth: 1949
Place of Birth: Algiers, Algeria
Year granted award: 2012
Award Category: Outstanding Peace Activist
Work Title: Writer / Novelist
He began writing novels at the age of 50 after retiring from his job as a high-ranking official in the Algerian government.
The assassination of President Mohamed Boudiaf in 1992 and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Algeria inspired him to write about his country.