The Algerian war of independence against France erupted while Fanon was working as chief of staff for the psychiatric ward of the Blida-Joinville, a French-run hospital in Algeria. Fanon was responsible for treating both sides of the conflict: the psychological distress of the officers who used torture to suppress the anti-colonial resistance as well as the Algerian torture victims themselves. After coming to the conclusion that he could not support the French government, Fanon resigned his position at the hospital in order to focus on the cause of Algerian independence.
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