A Berber woman
19 Feb 2014 | From Zinbi of Morocco
The Berbers are the ethnicity indigenous to North Africa west of the Nile Valley. Historically they spoke Berber languages, which form the "Berber branch" of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Foreign languages like French and Spanish are used by most educated Berbers in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia in some formal contexts such as higher education or business.
Today, most Berber-speaking people live in Algeria and Morocco. Smaller Berber-speaking populations are scattered throughout Tunisia,Libya, Mauritania, Mali and Niger, as well as large migrant communities living in Europe. Berbers are not a homogeneous ethnicity and they encompass a range of phenotypes, societies and ancestries. The unifying forces for the Berber people could be their Berber language.