An Algerian man, Mubarak Rahmani Messe, believed to be the world's oldest, passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 140 years. He was treated in hospital two years ago for the first time in his life to cure a stomach illness.
Messe, it is believed, was born in 1884 in El Oued district, south-east Algeria, near the Libyan border. Messe witnessed the last century's two great world wars; Algeria's liberation revolution; the global economic crisis of 1929, the Palestinian Nakba in 1948 and his country's independence.
The great grandfather who worked as a camel shepherd married three times; he is survived by nearly a hundred grandchildren.
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