Daily struggles for Tunisia one year after uprising

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Daily struggles for Tunisia one year after uprising

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It has been one year since a revolution in Tunisia sparked a wave of similar uprisings across the Middle East known as the Arab Spring, but some Tunisians are still unhappy.

Close to the Presidential Palace in Carthage is the popular area of ​​El-Kram El-Gharbi, where events escalated leading to the departure of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

The families of those who died come to remember by pinning pictures of their loved ones onto walls.

Mother of Atef Lebaoui, a 23-year-old man who died in the uprising cannot find peace whilst her son’s killers are unpunished: “His younger brother went to see him. A few moments later he came back to me and said Atef was hit in the heart and died,” she said, recounting news of Atef’s death.

“I ask that justice be done. I will not stop until I take my last breath. I will continue to pursue those responsible for his death.”

Atef was just one of the people killed a year ago. Mohamed Boughanmi, 38, was injured and does not have the money for medical treatment. He said he felt abandoned and let down by the state: “The rulers of the country are sitting on seats stained with our blood. They haven’t given us our rights. They must understand that the revolution will resume if we don’t get our rights. Last time the revolution was triggered with stones, this time it’ll be more than stones.”

Despite historic national elections last October, and a new democratic parliament busy redrafting the constitution, many ordinary Tunisians are still unhappy with pressing daily issues such as high unemployment even though their former dictator is gone.