The Info List - Malika Oufkir

Malika Oufkir
Malika Oufkir
(Arabic: مليكة أوفقير‎) (born April 2, 1953 in Marrakesh) is a Moroccan Berber writer and former "disappeared". She is the daughter of General Mohamed Oufkir
Mohamed Oufkir
and a cousin of fellow Moroccan writer and actress Leila Shenna.


1 History 2 Publications 3 Further reading 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Malika Oufkir
Malika Oufkir
is the eldest daughter of Mohamed Oufkir
Mohamed Oufkir
and she is a Berber Christian. Her siblings are Abdellatif, Myriam (Mimi), Maria, Soukaina and Raouf. General Mohamed Oufkir
Mohamed Oufkir
was the interior minister, minister of defense and the chief of the armed forces. He was very trusted by King Hassan II
Hassan II
(and the most powerful figure in Morocco after the King) during the 1960s and early 1970s in Morocco. But after attempting to assassinate the King and Moroccan delegation returning from France on a Boeing 727
Boeing 727
jet in a coup d'état in 1972, General Oufkir was arrested and then executed. Malika Oufkir
Malika Oufkir
and her family were initially confined to house arrest in the south of Morocco from 1973 to 1977. Then General Oufkir's entire family was sent to a secret prison in the Sahara desert
Sahara desert
where they suffered harsh conditions for a total of 15 years. After escaping, they were released into house arrest in 1987. In 1991 they were among nine political prisoners to be released. On July 16, 1996, at the age of 43, Malika Oufkir
Malika Oufkir
emigrated to Paris accompanied by her brother Raouf and her sister Soukaina.[1] Malika Oufkir's life has inspired many to advocate for the rights of political prisoners. She and her siblings are converts from Islam to Catholicism, and she writes in her book, "Stolen Lives": "we had rejected Islam, which had brought us nothing good, and opted for Catholicism instead." In the introduction of Malika Oufkir's book "Stolen Lives", the coauthor Michèle Fitoussi writes :"Even though they were so many differences between us, of background, social circles, children, profession and even religion – to me she's a Muslim and I am a Jew – we belong to the same generation...". This clearly states that Malika Oufkir
Malika Oufkir
remained Muslim despite performing Christian prayers when trying to escape, but later she fully embraced Christianity. Her mother, however, remained a Muslim, but her siblings are Christians. "In our family," she asserts, "Christmas had always been sacred. Even at the Palace, where Islam was dominant, Christmas was still Christmas".[2] Oufkir married Eric Bordreuil on October 10, 1998. They were married at the town hall of the 13th arrondissement in Paris. Publications[edit] Malika published an account of her life in prison, entitled Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail,[3] with Tunisian author Michèle Fitoussi. The book was first written in French, titled "La Prisonniere" with the help of author Michele Fitoussi. This account was later translated into English. [4] Further reading[edit]

Malika Oufkir
Malika Oufkir
and Michèle Fitoussi (2001), Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail, Miramax Books (ISBN 0-7868-6861-9) Malika Oufkir: the American Making of a Moroccan Star


^ From Palace To Prison; BBC World Service ^ Malika Oufkir: the American Making of a Moroccan Star ^ BBC World service ^ [The Preface by Michele Fitoussi in La Prisonniere]

External links[edit]

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Foreign Correspondent Interview Malika Oufkir: the American Making of a Moroccan Star

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Human rights in Morocco


Hassan II-era

Abbas Messaadi Mehdi Benbarka Fqih Basri General Oufkir Malika Oufkir Ahmed Marzouki Ali Bourequat Omar El Khattabi Abdelkrim Motii Aminatou Haidar

Mohammed VI-era

Mustapha Adib Ibrahim Jalti Ahmed Boukhari Hicham Mandari Ali Salem Tamek Hassan Kettani Fouad Mourtada Abdelkader Belliraj Mahjoub Tobji Kaddour Terhzaz Zakaria Moumni Ali Aarrass Ahmed Benseddik Nasser Zefzafi

Secret prisons

Tazmamart Temara interrogation centre Ain Aouda secret prison

Freedom of speech

L7a9d Lakome Ali Anouzla Ali Lmrabet Aboubakr Jamaï Ali Amar Ahmed Benchemsi Driss Ksikes Rachid Niny Internet censorship

Organisations and activists

AMDH Khadija Ryadi Ali Salem Tamek National Human Rights Council (CNDH, king's human rights council)


Rif revolt (1957) 1965 students revolt 1984 uprising Years of Lead (Hassan II-era) 2011–2012 Protests Daniel Galván scandal Hirak Rif

Western Sahara

Human rights in Western Sahara

First Intifada Second Intifada Third Intifada AFAPREDESA ASVDH BIRDSHO

Moroccan wall

Land mines


Refugee camps


Authority control

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