Algerian man missing for 26 years found captive in neighbour’s cellar


An incredible story unfolded in Algeria recently. There was an Algerian man who disappeared during the country’s civil war in 1998 when he was just 19 years old. Everyone assumed he had been kidnapped or killed. But, astonishingly, he was found alive 26 years later in his neighbor’s cellar!

The man, known as Omar bin Omran or Omar B, was discovered hidden in a sheepfold near his old home in Djelfa, which is in northern Algeria. The Ministry of Justice confirmed the news and mentioned that an investigation into this “heinous” crime is ongoing. The victim, now 45 years old, is receiving medical and psychological care.

The alleged captor, a 61-year-old doorman, was detained by the police when he tried to escape. The kidnapping came to light after the suspect’s brother posted information on social media, which revealed the truth. It seems there was an inheritance dispute between the siblings.

The discovery of Omar bin Omran brings closure to a mystery that haunted his community since the civil war. During that time, around 200,000 people lost their lives in the conflict between the government and Islamist fighters. It’s a period in Algeria’s history known as the “Black Decade.”

This remarkable story reminds us of the resilience and strength of the human spirit. It also highlights the importance of seeking justice for those who have suffered during times of conflict.

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