COVID-19: Key Dates in the Management of the Epidemic in Tunisia

| 15 May 2020 | 0 minutes
Barely two months after the first awareness-raising campaigns against COVID-19, general confinement was announced throughout Tunisia. Since the beginning of the year, the government and national authorities have been trying to prepare for the international health crisis, leading to border closures, curfews, social assistance... Here is a chronological overview of all the measures introduced throughout the country. 

Confined to Precarity: the Ivorian Vendors of Tunis

| 15 May 2020 | 10 minutes

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. 

COVID-19: Masks, the Authorities' Big Slip-Up

| 13 May 2020 | 15 minutes

"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.

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

| 31 March 2020 | 15 minutes

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.

Episode 2: The View from Above

| 14 February 2020 | 24 minutes

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. 

Pesticides in Tunisia: a Poisoned Gift

| 22 January 2020 | 15 minutes

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.

Episode 1: Ben Ali Fled

| 14 January 2020 | 20 minutes
January 14, 2011. Like thousands of Tunisians, Imed heads to downtown Tunis to demonstrate against the Ben Ali dictatorship. Avoiding police repression and a curfew set for 5pm, Imed takes refuge at his friend Zein's home, situated above Café Univers: the mythical bar on Habib Bourguiba Avenue. Night falls, the streets are empty. Imed hears a voice that breaks the silence: "Ben Ali fled!" Abdennaceur Laouini, a lawyer known in militant circles, defies the lockdown and goes out to express his joy after learning that Ben Ali had fled the country. Imed joins him, takes out his phone, and films a video that will become a symbol of this historic day.

Beyond stories, a political act

| 26 December 2019 | 42 minutes

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.

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

| 28 November 2019 | 20 minutes
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.

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

| 27 November 2019 | 6 minutes
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.

For the Gabès chemical group, a population is sacrificed

| 12 November 2019 | 10 minutes

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.

Clean-up Campaigns: Reappropriating Public Space

| 26 October 2019 | 7 minutes

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.

September 15, Images From the Fall of a System

| 19 September 2019 | 20 minutes
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.

An Election Campaign Haunted by Public Opinion Polls

| 13 September 2019 | 7 minutes
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?

Back to Tunisia, from the Islamic State

| 30 August 2019 | 15 minutes

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. 

The Women who Survived at the Foot of Mount Mghilla

| 10 May 2019 | 15 minutes

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. 

Implant Files: The downplayed risks of breast implants and medical tourism

| 07 January 2019 | 15 minutes

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.

Children trafficked into domestic servitude: the numbers

| 24 December 2018 | 10 minutes

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, from Jihad to Disillusionment

| 31 August 2018 | 20 minutes

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.

Kamel Matmati: When state secrets are buried with the victim

| 11 July 2018 | 20 minutes

“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. 

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