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In Pictures: Mothers of Tunisia
Many Tunisian mothers have lost their young men in recent years to political violence, shipwrecks, and war.
Last updated: 20 Jan 2014 16:39
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Three years after the ousting of former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali following nationwide uprisings, the situation in the North African country remains unsteady. Political violence has resulted in many deaths, and a weak economy has led many young men to seek a better life in Europe - often boarding rickety boats in an attempt to make it to Lampedusa, an Italian island about 110km away from the Tunisian coast.

Many Tunisian mothers are mourning their children who died - some during the uprising against Ben Ali, others while trying to migrate to Europe, and still others in fighting in Syria's civil war, where Tunisians are said to make up a significant number of the foreign fighters.


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Khemissa Oueslati is the mother of Mohamed, a policeman who was shot dead at age 23 while inspecting a vehicle at a checkpoint. Had he lived, Mohamed would have married his fiancee later this year.


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Faouzia Zorgui is the mother of Walid, who died in a detention cell in a neighbourhood police station. The police claimed he died from a "cannabis overdose". Faouzia filed a claim against the police, and says she is being pressured by the same people she claims beat Walid to death.


/Sophia Baraket/Al Jazeera
The death of Chokri Belaid was the first major political assassination since the Tunisian uprising. Chokri was shot dead early in the morning of February 6 last year. His stepmother had raised him since he was three years old.


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Jeanette Errhima is the mother of Wassim. He called his mother on March 28, 2011 to tell her he planned to take a boat to the island of Lampedusa, in Italy. After being told that Wassim had died, Jeanette spent 12 days at the hospital after attempting to burn herself to death.


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Friends and neighbours of Jeannette whose sons have also tried to make it to Europe. Most believe their sons have started new lives in Italy, though many haven't heard from their sons since they left.


/Sophia Baraket/Al Jazeera

Rebha's son was only 18 years old when he left the house and boarded a boat. She swears having seen him on TV, but has not received any news in the past three years.



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Chelbia Zayeni has lost two sons since 2011. Khaled was shot dead when he was 18 years old during an anti-police demonstration in January 2011. His brother Mohamed el-Hedi died near where his brother was shot, in a police van after clashes between angry youngsters and security forces.


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Nabiha is the mother of Wajdi, who told his parents he found a job in Libya. Two months after his departure, he called to inform them he was joining the Jabhat al-Nusra armed group in Syria to fight against Bashar al-Assad. Wajdi was killed and buried in Aleppo on January 2, 2014.



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Khemissa Oueslati is the mother of Mohamed, a policeman who was shot dead at age 23 while inspecting a vehicle at a checkpoint. Had he lived, Mohamed would have married his fiancee later this year.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/42ec19c00071a6faaa96212c8fef31e0Sophia Baraket/Al Jazeera

Khemissa Oueslati is the mother of Mohamed, a policeman who was shot dead at age 23 while inspecting a vehicle at a checkpoint. Had he lived, Mohamed would have married his fiancee later this year.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/7545bae659ae64a08f88a21cd8f6b63c

Faouzia Zorgui is the mother of Walid, who died in a detention cell in a neighbourhood police station. The police claimed he died from a "cannabis overdose". Faouzia filed a claim against the police, and says she is being pressured by the same people she claims beat Walid to death.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/7545bae659ae64a08f88a21cd8f6b63cSophia Baraket/Al Jazeera

Faouzia Zorgui is the mother of Walid, who died in a detention cell in a neighbourhood police station. The police claimed he died from a "cannabis overdose". Faouzia filed a claim against the police, and says she is being pressured by the same people she claims beat Walid to death.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/b50cd7820de8974a59e8e1e777460f77

The death of Chokri Belaid was the first major political assassination since the Tunisian uprising. Chokri was shot dead early in the morning of February 6 last year. His stepmother had raised him since he was three years old.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/b50cd7820de8974a59e8e1e777460f77Sophia Baraket/Al Jazeera

The death of Chokri Belaid was the first major political assassination since the Tunisian uprising. Chokri was shot dead early in the morning of February 6 last year. His stepmother had raised him since he was three years old.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/ff6856f194dbd8aba4536ca6e68b548d

Jeanette Errhima is the mother of Wassim. He called his mother on March 28, 2011 to tell her he planned to take a boat to the island of Lampedusa, in Italy. After being told that Wassim had died, Jeanette spent 12 days at the hospital after attempting to burn herself to death.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/ff6856f194dbd8aba4536ca6e68b548dSophia Baraket/Al Jazeera

Jeanette Errhima is the mother of Wassim. He called his mother on March 28, 2011 to tell her he planned to take a boat to the island of Lampedusa, in Italy. After being told that Wassim had died, Jeanette spent 12 days at the hospital after attempting to burn herself to death.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/b1372bf697067922ec9f70c4ae760326

Friends and neighbours of Jeannette whose sons have also tried to make it to Europe. Most believe their sons have started new lives in Italy, though many haven't heard from their sons since they left.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/b1372bf697067922ec9f70c4ae760326Sophia Baraket/Al Jazeera

Friends and neighbours of Jeannette whose sons have also tried to make it to Europe. Most believe their sons have started new lives in Italy, though many haven't heard from their sons since they left.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/dac18b12966abdf960a38e88943daf22

Rebha's son was only 18 years old when he left the house and boarded a boat. She swears having seeing him on TV, but has not received any news in the past three years.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/dac18b12966abdf960a38e88943daf22Sophia Baraket/Al Jazeera

Rebha's son was only 18 years old when he left the house and boarded a boat. She swears having seeing him on TV, but has not received any news in the past three years.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/dda9fe96f0af99dbbd0367fca76ce93a

Chelbia Zayeni has lost two sons since 2011. Khaled was shot dead when he was 18 years old during an anti-police demonstration in January 2011. His brother Mohamed el-Hedi died near where his brother was shot, in a police van after clashes between angry youngsters and security forces.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/dda9fe96f0af99dbbd0367fca76ce93aSophia Baraket/Al Jazeera

Chelbia Zayeni has lost two sons since 2011. Khaled was shot dead when he was 18 years old during an anti-police demonstration in January 2011. His brother Mohamed el-Hedi died near where his brother was shot, in a police van after clashes between angry youngsters and security forces.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/3aa4a38518c72cbb97d7a58b97207d5c

Nabiha is the mother of Wajdi, who told his parents he found a job in Libya. Two months after his departure, he called to inform them he was joining the Jabhat al-Nusra armed group in Syria to fight against Bashar al-Assad. Wajdi was killed and buried in Aleppo on January 2, 2014.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Mothers_of_Tunis/slideshow/no-caption/3aa4a38518c72cbb97d7a58b97207d5cSophia Baraket/Al Jazeera

Nabiha is the mother of Wajdi, who told his parents he found a job in Libya. Two months after his departure, he called to inform them he was joining the Jabhat al-Nusra armed group in Syria to fight against Bashar al-Assad. Wajdi was killed and buried in Aleppo on January 2, 2014.



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