Samira Bellil, RIP

I was browsing the free copy of Liberation at our hotel last week and when I came across an article announcing Samira Bellil’s passing of stomach cancer at age 31. I was completely stunned, especially because Bellil had survived so much in her young life. The Guardian has an obit. Bellil’s memoir of gang rapes in French banlieues (Dans L’Enfer Des Tournantes) became a bestseller in 2002.