International Report

The hidden scandal of Tunisia's female farm workers killed on the roads

A number of fatal road accidents in April 2019 highlighted the plight of many female agricultural workers in the North African country. These women, who have long been regarded as a source of cheap exploitable labour and many of whom live in poverty, are effectively forced to take perilous journeys in the backs of pick-ups and lorries to their place of work. They are now hoping for changes in their work and living conditions. Lilia Blaise reports.

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“A television channel came came to see me two years ago, I showed them where I live, like I'm doing now … but not much has changed.” Mouna Amri does not know how old she is, she simply knows that she started working to help her parents when she was a teenager. She has not been back to school since.

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