With our correspondent in Tunis, Amira Soulem
Five times more disturbances at sea in the first quarter of 2023 than last year… Statistics from the Tunisian Coast Guard give a measure of the drama that has been playing out on the Tunisian coast since the beginning of the year. It’s now counting dozens Bodies were recovered every week. At the moment more than 200 bodies lie in the Sfax hospital morgue, which is now at capacity. A cemetery dedicated to the bodies washed away by the sea is now planned in the area.
The exodus of sub-Saharans has multiplied since President Qais Said said thousands of citizens of West and Central African countries were in Tunisia for a criminal scheme aimed at reshaping Tunisia’s Arab-Muslim identity.
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Some have accelerated their departure for Europe, while others have decided not to return home. For Tunisians, the economic and political crisis that has rocked their country for months has left a segment of the population frustrated. The Eid period – considered the most relaxed in terms of coastal surveillance – is ideal for such departures.
Although the reasons for leaving Tunisia varied, Concerns of Europeans And Italians in particular – in the front line of this arrival – are the same, which means that the number of these departures is still increasing, thanks to the coming good weather and an economic and social situation.