By Mandy J, freelance writer
Rachid* was born into an Algerian Muslim family in the Kabyle region but had no interest in religion. He felt no shame in not attending the mosque. Yet life was not without its problems. Rachid was anxious about his young daughter: she suffered from psychological problems to which psychiatrists and counselling had made little difference. Wondering if it was more of a spiritual issue, Rachid tried the local marabouts. These Islamic faith healers mix Islam with occult practices. But they also were unable to help her. Rachid wondered if his little girl would ever be free from her problems and able to live a full life. He worried about her wellbeing and future.