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Post-lockdown recovery up in flames for Tunisia market vendors

Jun 17 2020

TUNIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was the first day that the whole of the Tunis medina was open for business after nearly three months of lockdown, but market vendor Abdelaziz Talbi wasn't working. He had nothing to sell.

Under the cover of lockdown, illegal logging surges in Tunisia

May 01 2020

GABES, Tunisia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Tunisia's streets emptied and shops shuttered after the 6pm national curfew to stem the novel coronavirus outbreak, a clandestine group headed to the forest.

FEATURE-Sufi cultural sites caught in crossfire of Libya civil war

Mar 16 2020

TUNIS, March 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a bulldozer razed the domed, century-old zawiya to the ground, turning the oldest Sufi place of study and worship in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte into a pile of rubble, Oussama Ali Bin Hamel was not shocked.

Citizens step in to revive Tunis crumbling old town

Feb 26 2020

TUNIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ali Boukkaa remembers when his cafe was the only one in the marketplace for traditional chechiya hats in the Tunis medina - a small, green wooden cabin catering to some 400 hat makers, their apprentices and customers.

CORRECTED-FEATURE-Rising heat knocks the crown off Tunisia's 'queen of dates'

Dec 23 2019

KEBILI, Tunisia, Dec 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One way to wish someone a pleasant start to the day in Tunisia is: “May your morning (start) with milk and deglet dates”.

Setback for Tunisia's #MeToo movement as new MP gets immunity

Nov 13 2019

TUNIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Tunisian politician accused of sexual harassment gained legal immunity on Wednesday when he was sworn in as a new member of the national parliament, in a setback for the country's burgeoning #MeToo movement.

Thirsty crops, leaky infrastructure drive Tunisia's water crisis

Oct 31 2019

KAIROUAN, Tunisia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - If pushed to sacrifice showering, cooking, drinking or raising his chickens, Tunisian farmer Saeed Barhoumi said he would first forgo showering. It is a decision that he and his family frequently face.

Battle of Carthage: Tunisia demolishes homes to protect ancient site

Aug 13 2019

CARTHAGE, Tunisia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Saber Sessi was working the night shift at a municipality vehicle depot in Carthage, Tunisia, when he signed off on five bulldozers in the early hours of July 9.

As garbage piles up in Tunisian cities, waste pickers demand recognition

Jul 31 2019

TUNIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the early hours of a Sunday morning, before the city of Tunis wakes up and the sun becomes unbearably hot, Raouf Hayetlili and his neighbor Noureddine Tayara are already pulling trailers of plastic up a hill.

'Everything is stolen from us': Tunisians fight to preserve cultural heritage

Jun 18 2019

FOUSSANA, Tunisia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Standing near the shrine of the Sufi saint Sidi Boughanem in western Tunisia, Karim points to the earth below his feet.

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