Hit hard by the fourth wave of the pandemic, the inhabitants of Kairouan live according to the rhythm of this health emergency. According to the regional director of health, the governorate consumes 10,000 litres of oxygen every day, and the hospitals are saturated.
"We only know the city centre from photos. When we venture into Habib Bourguiba Avenue, we are confronted by law enforcement." While the police defend themselves against accusations of violations and abusive violence following the death of Ahmed Ben Amara, the residents of Sidi Hassine discuss the invasive presence and persecution of the police. In this inflamed neighbourhood, Inkyfada spent several days and nights collecting dozens of testimonies on what was and is still going on.
On May 27, around 5:30 am, a family in Ariana was violently evicted from their home by the police. Now homeless, they are fighting together with an activist group for their right to adequate housing, and against land speculators who take advantage of the loopholes in the legal system, to the detriment of the local residents.
"We are overwhelmed", admits a pharmacist, exhausted by the vaccination campaign. Faced with a lack of resources in vaccination centres, the government's objective of 3 million people vaccinated by June 30 seems unrealistic.
“In an attempt to calm the situation, the public prosecutor’s office authorised several arrests, while public safety was being brought under control. Then the court proceeded to issue reduced sentences.” This was the pretext presented to Inkyfada by the public prosecution, explaining the wave of arbitrary arrests that followed the protest in the winter of 2021. Throughout this article, testimonies, infographics, as well as judicial and juridical interpretations, are employed to illustrate the public prosecution’s exertion of legal authority in order to generalise imprisonment policies.
The appointment of Kamel Ben Younes as head of the Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) agency provoked strong reactions from employees. Beyond the fact that he personifies collaboration with the former regime, his appointment also highlighted the lack of any real change within TAP. Through documents and various testimonies, Inkyfada has delved into the complex history of this agency, a former propaganda organ.