Letters from the battlefield: My great-uncle’s experience of WWII in Tunisia

For some months during the Second World War, Tunisia was turned into a battlefield. The local population was suffering under the consequences of the war while Great Britain and the US were fighting against Germany and Italy. Through his personal letters, the story of Hermann Franz, a German soldier, gives us an insight into the situation in the country at that time.
| 13 May 2023

Transporters between Tunisia and Europe : a risky but growing business

Many private transporters move goods of all kinds between Tunisia and Europe. Most of them, however, operate illegally and risk being arrested by customs. This profitable business has developed thanks to the thousands of Tunisians who rely on it, despite the absence of any protection against fraud and scams. 
| 12 April 2023

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All of the Pandora Papers investigations in Tunisia

More than 11.9 million documents leaked from offshore financial firms. This investigation, conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in partnership with nearly 150 media outlets worldwide, including inkyfada, is the largest journalistic collaboration in history to date.

Pandora Papers | From one investigation to another, the stagnation of the Justice system

24 January 2022

Pandora Papers | From oil drilling to tax haven, Ahmed Bouchamaoui's dealings in the British Virgin Islands

11 January 2022

Pandora Papers | Mohamed Allani - A mysterious disappearance and the deep, dark hole of tax havens

14 November 2021

Marlies, 73, pensioner from Germany living in Djerba, 2950 dinars per month

When she was still living in Germany, Marlies could barely afford paying her bills and had to work a minijob to top up her pension. After nine years of struggling financially, she decided to move to Tunisia, hoping that this would improve her situation
| 02 July 2022

Nadia 34, web editor and divorced mother, 2820 dinars per month

It's 6pm, and Nadia is navigating the traffic as fast as she can. She just finished work and picked her daughter up from school, but she has to hurry: two women are expecting her in an hour for a private English class. Between her work, her daughter and her other activities, her day to day life is not easy.
| 13 September 2021

Mahmoud, 28 years old, petrol smuggler, 7200 dinars per month

Mahmoud* is 28 years old. The young man is not very tall but well-built and clean-cut, which comes in handy in his line of work: smuggling petrol.
| 30 August 2021

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Navigating IMF and Migration Policy Negotiations: Tunisia's Complex Dance

Since the end of February and after a long period of silence, the international community, notably the European Union, has finally shifted its focus to Tunisia. The debates surrounding the "migratory crisis" are flagrantly mixed with economic concerns, as tensions rise between the IMF and Kais Saied, who has just turned down a loan from the Fund.
| 07 April 2023

Tunisia's Ancestral Seeds: An Important Resource for the Future

In Tunisia, indigenous and peasant seeds are discreetly exchanged between committed farmers and associations. They work together in a spirit of solidarity that is reminiscent of the commons, resisting the pervasive use of hybrid seeds.
| 05 April 2023

Right to health

From drug shortages to life-threatening health disasters, the Tunisian health sector has been plagued by numerous scandals. Pending a deep structural reform, difficulties faced by health care workers and unequal access to decent health care persist.
The many who remain unvaccinated against Covid-19, a case of mistrust and inequality

Living with HIV : The challenges of treatment

5 graphs to better understand the magnitude of Covid-19-related deaths in Tunisia

Dar Emmima, the Garden of Eden for permaculture in Tunisia

In Chebba, Elyes Mkacher has transformed his once abandoned house, nestled between the sea and the olive groves, into a paradise of sustainable living by adopting the permaculture approach. This personal initiative, called Dar Emmima, also fits into the spirit of the "Commons", by making wealth sharing a central and sustainable value.
| 29 March 2023

"Conspiracy Against State Security": Empty Files to Eliminate Opposition

The individuals under investigation in the so-called case of conspiracy against State security are facing serious charges under the 2015 counter-terrorism law and the Criminal Code, which could potentially lead to the death penalty. Inkyfada has delved into the investigation, uncovering the details of the case and the evidence that the investigating judges brought against the defendants.
| 24 March 2023

Budget 2023: What if Tunisia had only 100 Dinars in the State Treasury?

For several years now, Tunisia has been facing an economic crisis. As a result, the government is struggling to finance the state budget for the year 2023 and, as in previous years, will have to rely heavily on borrowings. Inkyfada tries to unpack some figures by breaking down the state budget to 100 dinars.
| 30 March 2023

In Makthar, Kid'Chen project is aiming to ensure the food self-sufficiency of schoolchildren

In Makthar, in the governorate of Siliana, an association has transformed the only middle-school and residential school in the region. From energy autonomy to food self-sufficiency, transmission, and empowerment, a whole system revolving around sharing is being organized.
| 22 March 2023

Sub-Saharan migrants in Tunisia and the inaction of international organizations

"I'd go anywhere, as long as we are respected." Sub-Saharan refugees and migrants in Tunisia are still waiting for international organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tunis to come to their aid, while solidarity movements are quietly taking action.
| 16 March 2023

The "commons", an age-old tradition in Tunisia

"Water here [Tamaghza] is free for everyone! It has always been and always will be!" In many parts of the country, water, land, and other resources are fairly shared between individuals, a far cry from any privatized system. This community-oriented method of pooling and preserving resources has been around for centuries in Tunisia.
| 15 March 2023

Nightlife: a false sense of security for LGBTQIA+ people

In a country where homosexuality is considered a crime, how do LGBTQIA+ people manage to live life to the fullest? In the artistic and nightlife scene, some spaces claim to be - discreetly - open to the LGBTQIA+ community, giving them access to bars and theaters where they can be themselves. Even so, Anas, Imene, Nour, and many other patrons still feel unsafe.
| 14 March 2023

Freezing Ben Ali and Mubarak’s assets: Many violations, few results

In France, the Ben Ali clan's asset freezes have been repeatedly violated. Like his Tunisian counterpart, the former Egyptian dictator Mubarak and his entourage have a large number of assets that were supposed to be blocked. Yet between 2011 and 2021, these freezes have been infringed about thirty times, which makes the effectiveness of these economic sanctions questionable.
| 13 March 2023

Bouraoui, Hannache, Bouhafs ... Algerian opponents under threat in Tunisia

Algerian opponents and activists have fled to Tunisia to escape the threats they face in their country. The most recent example is Amira Bouraoui, who was at one point facing extradition. Before her, Zaki Hannache and Slimane Bouhafs came to Tunisia to seek refuge. Although Tunisia is legally obliged to protect these activists, their safety remains questionable.
| 09 March 2023