On Sunday, Tunisia marked the first anniversary of one of the country’s worst terror attacks.
38 people were killed outside the Riu Imperial Marhaba in Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse. Thirty of them were British.
Since last October, the five star hotel has sat empty, a small army of cleaners and groundsmen making sure that its empty shell continues to reflect the luxury that once drew guests from around the world to its expansive foyers.
On Sunday, Tobias Ellwood, the British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa was joined by Salma Elloumi, the Tunisian Minister of Tourism and representatives of all of the countries who lost citizens on the beach outside the hotel to pay their respects to the departed. There were no speeches. The only sound throughout the ceremony were the waves and the sound of a priest calling out the names of the dead as a single white rose was lain in their memory.
Prior to joining Tunisia Live, Simon worked as a freelance journalist. He has lived in Tunisia since 2013 and previously worked in Vietnam and Moscow.