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Since early July, Sfax has been the stage for unprecedented acts of violence targeting sub-Saharan migrants. Aside from being subjected to verbal abuse, assaults and expulsions, the authorities have even deported them to the Libyan and Algerian borders, with no access to food or water.
Initially, the State and local authorities's silence was deafening. Then, on Saturday July 8, the President finally made a statement, declaring that migrants were being "treated humanely (...) and in alignment with Tunisia's core values." He also dismissed the existence of violence, attributing it to the dissemination of "misinformation" by certain individuals.
The violence was sparked by a rather grim incident: during the night of July 3 and 4, a group of sub-Saharan Africans allegedly stabbed a 42-year-old Tunisian man to death, according to the authorities. The incident gained widespread attention after a video was shared by local MP Tarek Mahdi. A week later, hardly any official information has been disclosed regarding the case, aside from the apprehension of three Cameroonian nationals who are believed to be involved in the murder.
In this podcast, inkyfada went to meet these migrants in Sfax to give them the space to express themselves and understand their situation. By exploring this issue, we seek to bring a better understanding of these events and shed light on the unimaginable violence suffered by these migrants, at the heart of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Tunisia.
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Inkyfada Podcast is the first platform entirely dedicated to original Tunisian podcasts, and was conceived by Inkyfada media in collaboration with the in-house research and development laboratory, InkyLab. Inkyfada joined the global podcast boom in 2017, when the team produced the first Tunisian audio documentary, diving deep into the belly of the El Kamour struggle taking place in the desert. Since then, Inkyfada Podcast has produced a wide variety of documentaries, investigations, and podcast series, as well as articles accompanied by music; covering a multitude of contemporary issues in order to offer an immersive and alternative podcast experience. Whilst exclusively offering audio content, the Inkyfada Podcast team upholds the same core values and principles of inkyfada.com, and is committed to producing high quality content though a dynamic and meticulous production process. In addition to the permanent team, Inkyfada podcast works closely with various journalists, artists, illustrators, musicians and other content creators in order to diversify the platform and support artistic creativity. These podcasts differ from traditional radiophonic content in that the applied production and editing process is more akin to cinematographic techniques, in addition to being web-based, downloadable and accessible on demand. Additionally, Inkyfada Podcast uniquely offers subtitles in French, Arabic and English for all audio content, the majority of which is recorded in Tunisian or in the preferred language of the speaker in question.