Jasmin Revolution from a personal and local point of view

Those are events in peoples lives that make a big difference to their future. also in nations the same thing happens and some events could change the world face. And despite it seems that we talking about two different scales (a person and a nation) but the two things are related and infect each other in a manner or in another.

Six  years  ago, accurate an event that had changed the view in the Arab region and somehow it does affect the whole world too. IT’s the Jasmin revolution the Tunisian revolution, everybody knows how the event of someone who burned himself to death lead the whole country to revolt and how this end up by the escape of the ex-president, and event succeed with no stop since that time, this is an example about how a personal event could affect the nation’s destiny but how the drastic changes in a big level affect our lives as persons.

I will give you some glances about the days after the revolution how it does affect as in the local community and how it affected my personal life.

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First of all when the spark start on SIDIBOUZID no one thought that it will end up like that. we waited that the police will stop the manifestation as usual , and we thought that the facebooker are exaggerating.

In my local community, we neglect it at the beginning, we said those who goes in the south will end up in the prison. Then it starts to grow more and more and the ex-president made a speech on TV which is not a usual thing. After his third speech (in which he tries to calm the people). We knew that it was really serious. but personally I never thought that it’s a real revolution.
While we were seeing the third speech. I said to my mother: “I think that, this is it, tomorrow we will find that everything is fixed and people will leave the street to their work.”

But mom was much wiser than me, she said: “No, it would not be fixed, this time we have got died people, don’t think that families who have lost their children will forgive the government that easily, just because he gave some promises on TV.

And she was right, the next day I went out to go to work, but in the middle of the road the bus driver said that he could not continue to the downtown. there are a lot of people thousands of them screaming at Ben Ali to go away only one word was repeated over and over “DEGAGE”.

I couldn’t reach my office that day and I can say that I was lucky because people who were out couldn’t find a way to return to their home, and police was everywhere looking for the rebellions, a lot of people slept under the stairs of old buildings, others in coffee shops and every other place that could be safe.

That day also we heard that BEN ALI escaped. we couldn’t sleep, we were hearing help calls in the radio and TV, we heard that armed people will come to our neighborhood, that they will kill us, helicopters of the army passed the whole night flying above the city.

In the middle of all that fear and horror, another face of my local community showed up, a face that we never have seen it before, a beautiful helpful face.

That night when we heard about coming danger, all the men in every neighborhood gathered together and organized themselves in a way that they can protect all houses, children, and women.

fortunately for us that all those calls and warning was just a way of distraction and the most of them wasn’t true.
Two days after that I return back to work, and I was able to move normally in the downtown, the days after the escape of Ben Ali was one of the most wonderful days, despite all fear, I have seen people smiling and happy they felt that they are free now, people helped each other in the public transport and in every place.

Personally, I have met a man who told me that he never use public transport, but that day he went out to the street and he use metro just to see people to interact with them and to share his happiness.
Those days, we saw danger, but we never felt safer.

Since then, things become to change since that date faster and faster every day.
Youth express their creativity, events, art and science everywhere, it became usual to hear young artist and activist talk on the radio and TV, (thing that we weren’t used to it before the revolution) people talk freely. and this wave of creativity does affect me too.

Seeing all those activists and blogger incite me to start my own blog too.
And started my blog since 2011. I return back to drawing and painting too.
I have become active in the associative life too, and I have met the most wonderful people in my life.
So yes, revolution has changed my country, the region, but the most important thing is That revolution had changed my life.

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2 thoughts on “Jasmin Revolution from a personal and local point of view

  1. Bill says:

    I greatly enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing this story. It is encouraging and heart-warming. Best wishes for a very happy 2017 in Tunisia and the rest of the world!

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