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Among all the conservative, puritan towns in the Algerian M'Zab valley, Beni Isguen is known to be the strictest. The city gate is locked at sundown and no outsiders are allowed to enter after dark. Photography within the city walls is prohibited, which of course made me very anxious to get some pictures there.
When this girl appeared through a hole in a wall, and noone else was around, I quickly took a picture of her. But she knew the rules and started to scream. Lots of other kids came running and started to throw stones at me to chase me away. I had to leave in a hurry to protect myself and my camera, also anxious that no adults would interfere and put me in bigger trouble.
I hope I can be forgiven for this crime since almost 34 years have passed. This picture from 1975 was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.

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