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Tunisia's Revolution 5th Anniversary ...
Tunis
By darraji kerim
14 Jan 2016

Photo collection of celebrations in Tunis of the 5th anniversary of the revolution in Tunisia.

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Tunis
By darraji kerim
14 Jan 2016

Children present during the celebrations in Tunis of the 5th anniversary of the revolution in Tunisia.

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Tunis
By darraji kerim
14 Jan 2016

Children present during the celebrations in Tunis of the 5th anniversary of the revolution in Tunisia.

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Tunis
By darraji kerim
14 Jan 2016

Palestinian and Tunisian flags during the celebrations in Tunis of the 5th anniversary of the revolution in Tunisia.

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Tunis
By darraji kerim
14 Jan 2016

Celebrations in Tunis of the 5th anniversary of the revolution in Tunisia.

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Tunis
By darraji kerim
14 Jan 2016

Children present during the celebrations in Tunis of the 5th anniversary of the revolution in Tunisia.

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Tunis
By darraji kerim
14 Jan 2016

Crowd during the celebrations in Tunis of the 5th anniversary of the revolution in Tunisia.

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TRAILER: Documentary on Tunisian Jiha...
Tunis
By darraji kerim
08 Jun 2015

This documentary film by International Pixel Productions tells the story of Tunisian jihadists who left to Syria to fight alongside ISIS.

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Anti-terror Operations Continue in Tu...
Gafsa, Tunisia
By Marwen Farhani
30 Mar 2015

Anti-terror operations continue in the wake of the Bardo Museum attack, this time in the rural areas outside the Tunisian capital. This operation comes a day after a raid in the suburbs of Tunis ended with authorities killing nine suspected militants in a gunfight and arresting one.

Heavily-armed Tunisian forces patrol outside the town of Gafsa as helicopters survey the area from above.

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March Against Terrorism in Tunis
Tunis
By Zaid Abbour
25 Mar 2015

More than five thousand protesters, both Tunisian and foreign nationals participated in a march from Bab Saadoun Square, the center of the capital city of Tunis, to Pardo Square in front of the parliament building and next to the Bardo Museum. The march under the theme "peoples of the world united against terrorism," came amid tight security at the invitation of the organizers of the World Social Forum, which starts its proceedings on Tuesday in Tunis. The march saw the participation of thousands of organizations invited to the Global Forum. Protestors chanted slogans against terrorism, while others took the opportunity to rally against capitalism and globalization and to call for social justice for the poor.

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Tunisians and Foreigners Rally Agains...
Tunis
By Adeline Bailleul
19 Mar 2015

Protests erupted outside the National Bardo Museum in Tunis where an attack left 23 people dead the day before. Citizens and visitors speak out against the attacks.

Tunisian authorities have taken nine suspects into custody amid an ongoing search for the perpetrators of the attack.

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Tunisian Authorities Respond to Deadl...
Tunis
By Marwen Farhani
19 Mar 2015

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March 18, 2015 -- Tunis, Tunisia

Twenty people were killed, mostly tourists, and many more wounded when gunmen attacked the popular Bardo museum in Tunis. Tunisian security services deployed around the museum's buildings prior to entering them, allegedly trading fire with militants inside before killing two of them and rescuing hostages. Other gunmen are believed to be at large.

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Tourists, Locals Killed in Attack on ...
Le bardo
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

Tunis, Tunisia, 18 March 2015. Twenty people were killed, mostly tourists, and many more wounded when gunmen attacked the popular Bardo museum in Tunis. They took others hostage, some of whom were evacuated as members of the security services deployed around the museum's buildings prior to entering them. Security forces allegedly traded fire with the militants inside before killing two of the unknown number of gunmen. Others are still thought to be at large, and one officer is reported to have died.

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Tunisia Museum Attackers Lay Dead
Rue de Bayrouth,Tunisia
By Marwen Farhani
18 Mar 2015

***DISCLAIMER: HIGHLY GRAPHIC IMAGES, LOW QUALITY IMAGES***

March 18, 2015

Tunis, Tunisia

Two of the gunmen responsible for the attack on the Bardo museum lay dead after being shot down by Tunisian security forces during a raid on the museum.

The attack on the Bardo museum killed 20 people and wounded 44, most of them foreign tourists. Two gunmen responsible for the shooting have been identified Yassine Laabidi and Hatem Khachnaoui. It is believed that other gunmen are still at large. 

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Tunisia Museum Attack: The Aftermath
Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunsia: French Hostage in Museum Attack
Tunis
By Adeline Bailleul
18 Mar 2015

Interview with a French woman taken hostage during the terrorist attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. Declining to give her family name, she identified only as José Marie.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunis
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

According to local reports 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed while others remain in hospital when gunmen opened fire at the museum close to the Tunisian parliament 18 March. In response, Tunisian President has order the armed forces to deploy to cities throughout the country, vowing to crack down on militant activity.

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Tunisia: Bardo Museum Attack Aftermath
Rue Ibn El Baytar, Sidi Thabet,Tunisia
By Marwen Farhani
18 Mar 2015

March 18, 2015
Tunis, Tunisia

Police, Military, and emergency response teams scramble to rescue tourists and civilians who survived the attack on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis. Video includes shots of foreign tourists receiving medical treatment, foreign tourists boarding buses outside the museum, and general chaos as police and military secure the area.

Injured Tourist:

"No, no, I fell."

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The Visit 01
Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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Tunisia: The Guardians of The Saints
Tunis
By Steven Wassenaar
10 Feb 2014

Sitting at the entrance of the Manoubia Mausoleum in Tunis, 77 year old Zezya Riahi, remembers the night of October 16th, 2012 as if it had happened yesterday. That night, the woman who had been the caretaker of the grave of a Saint for over 45 years, was attacked by Salafi Muslims who set the mausoleum on fire. “They were five and wearing weapons. They took all my money and burned the tomb of the saint with a burning tire. A Quran and old manuscripts, which were over 1000 years old, went up in smoke. It’s a tragedy for Tunisia and its religious heritage”, she says. Since 2011, over 80 mausoleums have been destroyed or burned down by radical Muslims who believe the tombs are incompatible with the Islamic tradition and blame worshippers for associating saints in the mausoleums to Allah. These temples - the oldest was built in the 11th century - are inhabited and mostly maintained by women whose jobs are passed on to later generations. In Tunis, they are known as the "Saints’ Servers". Aged between 30 and 80 years, they are responsible for cleaning, maintaining and welcoming worshippers. They earn a living through the charity of worshippers and dedicate themselves, body and soul, to their saints. On the heights of la Marsa, a suburb of Tunis facing the Mediterranean Sea, the sisters Benfadj have been talking care of the Mausoleum Abdelaziz El-Mahdi for half a century. They live in a house adjoining the temple and have dedicated their lives to their saint. “We are his servants. We were born here and we have never worked anywhere else. We are in charge of the cleaning. We pray, we give information to worshippers. We love our saint and thank him for this beautiful life”, says 58 year old Alouma. However, on January 10th, the mausoleum was almost burned down. A jerrycan was set on fire and darkened the walls without damaging the huge tomb decorated with carpets and verses from the Quran. “These people are not Muslims, they have no religion if they destroy our heritage”, she says. Today, the two sisters are worried because none of their daughters want to take over their legacy. “Our children work hard and they are married. It is difficult for the younger generation to get involved in this work. This vocation tends to disappear “, they explain. Seraz is the guardian of the Mausoleum of Sidi Lasmer, located in the old district of "Medina" the heart of Tunis. He is the only child in his family. Before him, his mother and grandmother took turns to looking after and maintaining the gravestone of their ancestor, Sidi lasmer, who died 750 years ago. “My mother did not give birth to a girl. As a result, I am her successor. I am proud to perpetuate the tradition”, he says. However, Seraz fears for the safety of this family heritage. “When the mausoleum is open to the public, we keep a close eye on visitors. We need to pay attention. Police guards are also standing at the entrance”, he adds. This photo essay documents the lives of women like Khira, 79, guardian of the Temple of Sidi Mehrez for 50 years. Sahla l’Abidi, 82, servant of Sidi El Bechir. And Sofia, 51. These mausoleum caretakers have dedicated their lives to the saints they protect and are still looking over their graves despite the Islamist threat. On January 7, 2014 the mausoleum of Saleh Ghadbani in Kasserine was burned down. On february 24, 2014, the mausoleum of Sidi Bakai in Chawatt was also destroyed. Finally, the mausoleum of Sidi An Nawi was attacked on April 16, 2014 in Zaghouan. French: A l’entrée du mausolée de la Manoubia, à Tunis, Zezya Riahi, 77 ans, se souvient de la nuit du 16 octobre 2012 comme si c’était hier. Gardienne du tombeau de cette sainte depuis 45 ans, Zezya a été attaquée par plusieurs salafistes qui ont incendié le temple. « Ils étaient cinq et cagoulés. Ils ont volé mon argent et ont brûlé la tombe avec un pneu aspergé d’essence. Des manuscrits vieux de 1000 ans et des Coran sont partis en fumée. Au fil des conflits et des guerres de religion, jamais personne ne s’en était pris aux mausolées », souligne-t-elle. Depuis la chute de Ben Ali en 2011, les attaques contre les mausolées et les lieux de culte des confrérie soufies, très nombreux en Tunisie, se sont multipliées. Ces lieux de cultes sont dans la ligne de mire d'islamistes rigoristes qui considèrent que la prière des saints est une hérésie. Ces derniers reprochent aux musulmans de personnifier Dieu à travers des saints. Ces temples, dont les plus vieux datent du 10e siècle, sont habités et occupés majoritairement par des femmes qui se transmettent la garde de ces lieux de culte de génération en génération. A Tunis, on les appelle les servantes des saints. Agées entre 30 et 80 ans, elles sont chargées de garder, d’entretenir et accueillir les fidèles. Elles ne vivent que de l’aumône et de la charité, se dévouant corps et âmes pour leurs saints. Sur les hauteurs de la Marsa, en face de la Méditerranée, les sœurs Benfadj veillent sur le mausolée d’Abdelaziz El-Mahdi depuis un demi-siècle. Elles habitent une maisonnette mitoyenne du temple et consacrent leur vie à leur saint. « On est ses servantes. On est née ici et on s’occupe à plein temps de notre saint. On n’a jamais travaillé ailleurs, on fait le ménage, on prie, on renseigne les fidèles. On est folle de son amour et il nous le rend bien », confie Alouma, 58 ans. Le 10 janvier dernier, le mausolée a failli brûler, une bouteille d’essence enflammée a noirci les murs, sans toucher l’immense tombe décorée de draps et de versets du Coran. « Ces gens-là ne sont pas des musulmans, ils n’ont pas de religion pour détruire notre patrimoine », poursuit-elle. Aujourd’hui, les deux sœurs s’inquiètent car dans la famille, aucune de leur fille ne souhaite prendre la relève. « Elles travaillent et ont leur vie. C’est difficile pour la jeune génération de s’impliquer dans ce travail. C’est un sacerdoce qui va disparaître », conclut-elle. Au cœur de la médina, Seraz est le seul garçon de la famille. Avant lui, sa mère et sa grand-mère se sont relayées pour entretenir la tombe de leur ancêtre, Sidi lasmer, mort il y a 750 ans. « Ma mère n’a pas eu de fille, c’est moi qui m’en occupe et j’en suis plus que fier de poursuivre la lignée », dit l'homme qui craint cependant pour la sécurité de ce bien de famille. « Quand on ouvre le mausolée au public, on surveille les gens, on fait attention. La police garde aussi l’entrée », explique-t-il. Ce reportage photo illustre la vie de femmes telles que Khira, 79 ans, gardienne du temple de Sidi Mehrez depuis 50 ans, Sahla l’Abidi, 82 ans, servante de Sidi El Bechir et Sofia, 51 ans. Toutes ces femmes sont des gardiennes de mausolées et continuent à veiller sur les tombes de leurs saints malgré la menace islamiste.

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We are Plurality, We are Tunisia (25 ...
Tunis, Tunisia
By francesca_oggiano
10 Aug 2013

Mohamed is a militant of the Jamhoury party. He joined the sit-in in Bardo to ask for the resignation of Ennahda. "We want to save our nation," he said. "We're asking for the resignation of the government and for elections. We demand a technical government who can end the Constituent composition and to lead Tunisia until the elections. We are not going to leave Bardo until our requests will be accepted and exercised". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.