Below are my thoughts on the current situation in Tunisia, as well as some photos from my 2006 trip there!
In case you haven’t heard..
Tunisia is on the brink of Civil War.
A little history: Tunisia, like so many countries in Africa (and the world, really), was colonized by France. In 1956, Tunisia finally achieved independence from France. For the next 31 years, one person ruled the country. Habib Bourguiba became prime minister in 1956, and president in 1957, declaring himself president for the rest of his life. Then, in 1987, someone new came along.
Tunisia is truly a beautiful country, and I had such an amazing experience when I visited. However, like most countries in Africa, it has been ravaged by colonialism and the aftermath of de-colonialism. Since gaining independence from France 55 years ago, it has had only two leaders. Two! How was the “country” run before France colonized it? I use the word “country” loosely, as Europeans took a map of Africa and divided it to their liking, and divvied it up among each other. This “division” is undoubtedly the reason for many of the Civil Wars that are raging throughout the continent–you’ve got tribes that were enemies as countrymen. Not to mention the monarchs, dictators, and self-proclaimed presidents…
This is a very complex subject. I don’t mean to simplify it, but I do want to share my thoughts.
Here are some photos from my trip to Tunisia: