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By Lamine Chikhi and Zohra Bensemra
BOUHAROUN, Algeria (Reuters)

Haggling with the fishermen in the seaside village of Bouharoun for the produce she serves in her restaurant, Algerian Karima Daikhi is a woman determined to make her way in a man’s world

When her husband was killed by jihadists in 1995, Daikhi had no choice but to enter the growing pool of female wage-earners in a country where, outside the largest cities, women were once expected to stay at home.

 

Karima, a mother of six children, is trying to make ends meet since her husband was killed by jihadists, in Tipaza
Karima Daikhi, 52, shops for Iftar (breaking fast) meals that she will sell during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Bouharoun’s fishermen’s port in the commune of Tipaza Province, Algeria May 27, 2018. Picture Taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra

 

“I had to struggle and impose myself. I had no choice. Six children to feed, educate, and take care of,” Karima Daikhi told Reuters as she sold fish soup and “bourek”, a local specialty of fish wrapped in crispy pastry, at her stall on the quayside.

Daikhi is not alone, in a country where 200,000 people were killed in a civil war in the 1990s, leaving countless war widows.

 

Karima, a mother of six children, is trying to make ends meet since her husband was killed by jihadists, in Tipaza
Karima Daikhi, 52, prepares bourek with fish to sell for Iftar (breaking fast) meals during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Bouharoun’s fishermen’s port in the commune of Tipaza Province, Algeria May 27, 2018. Picture Taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra

 

The proportion of women in work was 13.6 percent in 2015, up from 10.2 percent a decade earlier, with around 2 million in work compared with 9 million men.

“The men here are also my suppliers, so you definitely must be present in the harbor, where there are no women,” the 52-year old said.

 

Karima, a mother of six children, is trying to make ends meet since her husband was killed by jihadists, in Tipaza
Karima Daikhi, 52, prepares bourek with fish to sell for Iftar (breaking fast) meals during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Bouharoun’s fishermen’s port in the commune of Tipaza Province, Algeria May 27, 2018. Picture Taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra

 

Daikhi closes her restaurant during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and sells her wares from the stall she started with in Bouharoun, a village 50 km (30 miles) west of the capital Algiers that is a tourist spot in summer, with small restaurants selling grilled sardines, squid, shrimps and bourek.

She makes a living, even if tourism remains underdeveloped in a country still reliant on oil and gas for more than 95 percent of its foreign earnings.

 

(Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; Editing by Ulf Laessing and Robin Pomeroy)

 

 

Karima, a mother of six children, is trying to make ends meet since her husband was killed by jihadists, in Tipaza
Karima Daikhi, 52, talks to a customer as she sells her specialty fish food for Iftar (breaking fast) meal during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Bouharoun’s fishermen’s port, in the commune of Tipaza Province, Algeria May 27, 2018.¬†Picture taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

 

Karima, a mother of six children, is trying to make ends meet since her husband was killed by jihadists, in Tipaza
Karima Daikhi, 52, weighs a piece of tuna as she shops for Iftar (breaking fast) meals that she will sell during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Bouharoun’s fishermen’s port in the commune of Tipaza Province, Algeria May 27, 2018. Picture Taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

 

Karima, a mother of six children, is trying to make ends meet since her husband was killed by jihadists, in Tipaza
Karima Daikhi, 52, shops for Iftar (breaking fast) meals that she will sell during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Bouharoun’s fishermen’s port in the commune of Tipaza Province, Algeria May 27, 2018. Picture Taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra

 

Karima, a mother of six children, is trying to make ends meet since her husband was killed by jihadists, in Tipaza
Karima Daikhi, 52, shops for Iftar (breaking fast) meals that she will sell during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Bouharoun’s fishermen’s port in the commune of Tipaza Province, Algeria May 27, 2018. Picture Taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra

 

Karima, a mother of six children, is trying to make ends meet since her husband was killed by jihadists, in Tipaza
Karima Daikhi, 52, sells fish soup for Iftar (breaking fast) meal during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Bouharoun’s fishermen’s port, in the commune of Tipaza Province, Algeria May 27, 2018. Picture taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

 

Karima, a mother of six children, is trying to make ends meet since her husband was killed by jihadists, in Tipaza
Karima Daikhi, 52, receives a crate of shrimps that she will use to prepare Iftar (breaking fast) meals for sell during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Bouharoun’s fishermen’s port in the commune of Tipaza Province, Algeria May 27, 2018. Picture Taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra