The economic crisis in Tunisia seen from Medina’s point of view


In Tunisia, one of the biggest vectors of discontent currently in the population is the continuing economic crisis, which results in galloping inflation and rising poverty. Unemployment is now close to 18%. In Tunis, this subject is at the heart of people’s daily lives.

From our special correspondent,

In Medina, many shop curtains are drawn. Foreign tourists were few in number this summer. Abdel Sétif sells jewelry in the family store. “Since the revolution, the sector has been hit most economically by tourism,” he says. The Covid pandemic has added another layer: those who did not own their stores no longer have the money to pay rents or taxes. They have therefore stopped their business, as they can no longer cover their fixed costs. “

In a small alley near the Medina, Raouf’s hair salon is empty. According to him, the financial difficulties began with the fall of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. 2011. “Life has started to get complicated, with an increase in the cost of living, which has multiplied by 4 or 5. rents have increased. The cost of water and electricity as well. The price of bread is one of the few that has remained stable, as its increase may cause the people to revolt. ”

Dreams of departure From an opening covered by a cardboard box, the music holds. Hidden behind them are two middle-aged men wearing shoes. A strong smell of glue stings the nose. A cigarette in his mouth, Rida is facing the crisis as best he can. “With our little craft, we live on. But the young people are all unemployed and have no future prospects. ”

Unemployment that particularly affects young people. Many people dream of leaving. Mohamed is one of those free young people. Despite her motivation, it is impossible for her to find a job. “My daughter is one year and four months old, I have no hope of letting her study. It’s awful, it makes you want to cry. You can not take care of your daughter, your wife, your mother or your sister , ”He regrets.

According to Tunisian organizations, almost 7,000 people tried to reach Europe in July 2021.


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