The Impossible Return of the Tunisians who Died in France

With international borders closed, the families of 134 Tunisians have lost the chance to repatriate their loved ones who died in France due to COVID-19-related complications. Obligated to bury them on the spot, many were unable to honor their family members’ final wishes.

| 21 May 2020 | 7 minutes
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Podcast | Where were you on January 14?

Throughout the year leading up to the tenth anniversary of the revolution, Inkyfada takes a look back on the events of January 14, 2011 in Tunis, through the personal accounts of individuals who were there. An alternative documentation of contemporary history based on many different perspectives.
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The COVID-19 crisis

A virus spreads and paralyzes the whole world. How is the health sector facing this pandemic, what policies should be implemented, what economic stimulus is planned? Like everywhere else, Tunisia is trying to confront the crisis. While half of the world's population is confined, the whole system is turned upside down.

Confined to Precarity: the Ivorian Vendors of Tunis

One early Sunday morning in the northern suburbs of Tunis, a small group of women - primarily from Côte d'Ivoire - set up shop in the middle of the bustling Bousalsla market. In the same spot every Sunday thereafter, accompanied almost exclusively by Tunisian male vendors, these women sold products from their homelands and anchored a growing sub-Saharan community to the neighborhood, until March 22, when measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 shut the market down and sent the vendors away. Their stories from a precarious, weeks-long confinement, firsthand. 

| 15 May 2020 | 10 minutes

For the Gabès chemical group, a population is sacrificed

In the Gabès sky, smoke from the Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) rises up into toxic clouds. Every day, this pollution engulfs the city and suffocates the inhabitants. For years, farmers, workers, and activists have been mobilizing against the factory’s harmful practices. In their ongoing struggle, many citizens of Gabès refuse to resign.

| 12 November 2019 | 10 minutes

Clean-up Campaigns: Reappropriating Public Space

In Bab Dzira, at the heart of Tunis, the old street of Sidi Bouchoucha is undergoing  reconstruction. Part of the pavement is completely demolished and large potholes are abundant. But on this Sunday morning, October 20, 2019, the neighborhood is taking on a new face with dozens of residents outside determined to clean it. However, this one-off initiative is also symbolic of a wider event that is taking place across the country: the reappropriation of public space.

| 26 October 2019 | 7 minutes

The Evolution of COVID-19 in Tunisia: Statistics, Predictions and Threats

Updated March 31, 2020. There are calls for a total lockdown, border closures, social distancing, and forced quarantine. With 423 cases declared by the end of March, the spread of the virus is accelerating slower than expected. But still, understanding the speed of spread is important, and the situation in April will depend on the effectiveness of the measures taken. The main challenge is the threat to the healthcare system, posed by the low rates of testing and the seeming impossibility of treating all the victims of this unprecedented pandemic.

| 31 March 2020 | 15 minutes

Pesticides in Tunisia: a Poisoned Gift

In Tunisian farmland, pesticides are everywhere. Most farmers are now dependent on these chemicals to cultivate fruit and vegetables and maximize their yields. But with little monitoring and regulation, these pesticides may pose many risks to the consumer.

| 22 January 2020 | 15 minutes

China Cables: China’s Operating Manuals For Mass Internment And Arrest By Algorithm

A new leak of highly classified Chinese government documents reveals the operations manual for running the mass detention camps in Xinjiang and exposed the mechanics of the region’s system of mass surveillance.
| 28 November 2019 | 20 minutes

China Cables: Who Are The Uighurs And Why Mass Detention?

To better explain China's actions and the findings of the China Cables, we answer some key questions about who is involved, the crackdown's origins, and the significance of the secret documents.
| 27 November 2019 | 6 minutes

Beyond stories, a political act

A member of parliament is caught masturbating in front of a high school, his photos are shared widely on social media, and the Tunisian #MeToo is born. The #EnaZeda movement creates a space for thousands of individuals across the country to break the code of silence maintained by patriarchal norms. With this audio documentary, Inkyfada considers the political side of the movement - through meetings, discussions and critiques -, alongside the personal stories that brought it to life.

| 26 December 2019 | 42 minutes

Hamrouni and Aziz: Two Sides of Sex Work in Tunisia

Hamrouni* and Aziz* practice the same profession without having the same rights. She works legally, while he works in secret. From their interactions with the police to the passing gazes of local residents, their daily lives are not at all alike.

| 23 February 2018 | 7 minutes

September 15, Images From the Fall of a System

Sunday, September 15. Candidates, campaign teams, and activists are prepared for a long day. As the hours pass by and the sun begins to set, the mood in all but two campaign headquarters drops; the political newcomers emerge. A visual account of the day that saw the fall of a system, from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
| 19 September 2019 | 20 minutes

An Election Campaign Haunted by Public Opinion Polls

Since the beginning of the election campaign, public opinion pollsters have been prohibited from publishing their findings. However, they can still conduct private surveys for candidates wanting to know their popularity rates and readjust their platforms accordingly. What impact do these polls have and how are they used?
| 13 September 2019 | 7 minutes

Back to Tunisia, from the Islamic State

In the al-Roj camp in northern Syria, hundreds of women wait in anguish under Kurdish watch. Since the decline of the Islamic State, many of the women who crossed borders to join the group are seeking to return to their countries of origin, by any means necessary. Several Tunisians figure among the captives. 

| 30 August 2019 | 15 minutes