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.
"After confinement, everyone will have to wear masks," health minister Abdellatif Mekki said on April 5, contradicting what the authorities had said a few weeks prior. Masks are increasingly found in pharmacies and street stalls but were widely unavailable at the start of the epidemic. Behind the scenes, production is frequently delayed and official guidelines remain unclear.
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.
January 14, 2011. In this second episode of the series, photographer Hamideddine Bouali's destiny changes right after celebrating his 50th birthday. Hamideddine says it himself, he was not an activist, and "like most Tunisians" he was afraid. Before, he captured photos of Sidi Bou Saïd or the Medina, but on this Friday, January 14, he found the courage to immortalize this historic day "at close range." From rooftops and balconies, he documents unprecedented scenes, following the procession of Helmi, a young man killed the day before, to the front steps of the Ministry of Interior. The photographer tells the story behind the images stored in Tunisia's collective memory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the village of Blahdiya, Fatma makes her way through the crowd gathered to offer their condolences. At her feet lay a grid of newly constructed graves: the final resting place of the Sabbela accident victims. Fatma could have been one of them, but fate had other plans for her. For this farm worker, survival is a daily struggle.
Despite recent scandals, the breast implants market continues to grow across the globe. In Tunisia’s developing medical tourism industry, service providers take advantage of this trend. Are patients made aware of the risks involved? Implant Files investigates.
According to government records — or the lack thereof — children trafficked into domestic servitude represent one of the most difficult-to-reach groups in Tunisia. Too long trapped behind closed doors, the truth about underage domestic labor is just starting to come out.
Fayçal spent more than a year and a half in Syria. Responsible for the distribution of food among rebel groups, his unpublished testimony sheds light on the internal workings of different combatant factions within the Syrian conflict, as well as the daily life and disillusionment of many Tunisians.
“A few days ago, one of the accused fled to France.”It’s July 10th, 2018, and lawyer Mokhthar Jemai stands livid in a Gabes courtroom. He has just informed the judge that Ali Boussetta, one of the main defendants in the disappearance of Kamel Matmati (the militant islamist last seen in October 1991) is on the run. Several witnesses claim to have seen Boussetta at the first hearing of the case. But now, a body is still not found, defendants are at liberty, and this case hopes to make history.