"I just couldn't go on in the same way. I had 12,000 dinars in debt, so I ended up abandoning it all." Merely in his early thirties, Hosni Ghanay is a former farmer from Douar Gharghiz, near Jendouba. In the region and elsewhere, many farmers express that they feel powerless in the face of an agricultural structure that suffocates them.
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.
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.
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