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Sidi Bouzid immolation

Sidi Bouzid. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

A young man in his twenties who had trouble finding work self-immolated yesterday in front of the town hall in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid.

Ibrahim Slimani poured gasoline over his body and set himself alight in front of passersby, according to AFP. He was taken to the local hospital where doctors treated third degree burns over three-quarters of his body.

Mohsen Ben Hneya, a resident of Sidi Bouzid, told Tunisia Live that Slimani self-immolated because he suffers from a neurological disorder.

His father is a poor man who works in the municipality of Sidi Bouzid, Ben Hneya added.

“Because of his poverty, the young man wished to work with his father in the municipality,” he said. “Unfortunately, his health situation does not allow him to work. It is because he was refused work that he decided to commit suicide.”

Since the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi two years ago in Sidi Bouzid, numerous other young Tunisian men — especially the jobless — have set themselves alight to express anger and frustration.

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  1. Unemployed Man Self-Immolates in Sidi Bouzid | The Red Phoenix | 09 May 2013
  1. Big al says:

    Satan’s use the blood of tunisians to give sacrifice to himself and mobilize demonic forces to destroy tunisia. i pray in the name jesus that God save tunisia, the country i love so much!

  2. Linda Scott says:

    Now Tunisia has it’s Democracy, I would hope that it looks at welfare and the poverty and hardship that exists especially with people who suffer disability and recieve nothing to help them support themselves. I would hope that the government legislate to support of a welfare reform that can support its citizens. If i could do something to help I would, i spend so much of my time in Tunis and i cant do anything for them. Here in the UK my social work practice allows me to advocate for the people i support. Tunisia is so different, they dont allow social workers to intervene to ensure a decent lifestyle that prevents them from having to beg on the streets and depend on already impoverished families. I would enjoy nothing more than to speak with the minister responsible and advise him to put the political arguements on the back burner,look at his countries welfare problems and deal with them……Give the people what is rightfully theirs and what they fought for, dont let them down anymore

    • maria says:

      Linda the same should be done for the elderly, sick and the single mothers who in recent years are becoming more isolated. The young people have not really been engaged and neither has the sexual and physical abuse. I am also a social worker and like you wish that there was a social type welfare system in place the return dignity to the individual so that they may begin worthwhile community projects that sustain local enterprise for example. The country does not even have things like adult education classes for those who were not able to complete formal education. Ramadan will soon be upon us and last year it was very sad to see many people struggling which was the only time in the year where poverty and lack of food was addressed. I regretted the fact that even then the issue was only raised in relation to the Ramadam and there were no long term plans past that. This year food is even more expensive and yes the government announced recently that the price of some food stuff will be reduced but i have still to see evidence of that. It is a very sad scenario when the government take a ‘let them eat cake’ attitude….seemingly not noticing people killing themselves and parents hanging their heads in shame cos of no jobs or insufficient funds for medicine or other essentials……it is in these situations that people become attracted to people like the Jahadists even if its just looking for alternatives. So to focus on the people would actually automatically make many changes that will occur almost naturally ….thanks for post.

  3. Sepulveda Sergio says:

    The Tunisian Parliament need to a new legislacion to considerer the Right to Work, for unemployed Handycap people

  4. maria says:

    So very sad. There is nothing else to say. I am sorry for this mans family and their plight in Tunisia

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