Tunisia’s government has closed all schools and universities for an indefinite period after weekend violence that left 14 people dead.
The country is in the throes of the worst civil unrest in years, as people protest against unemployment and lack of opportunity.
Those without work grow more and more frustrated.
“I have a diploma in interior design. I am qualified to start up my own company and I am trained in information technology. Every month I try for work but get no response, “ said one man in Jelma.
Another in Sidi Bouzid spoke of the added difficulties in finding a job.
“People who have the contacts get the jobs, those that don’t stay unemployed. You have to pay to get work, but most people don’t even have enough food, that’s it.”
President Ben Ali said urgent action to create jobs will be taken, but violence would not be tolerated.