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Hope Has Two Daughters: A new book tells story of modern Tunisia

The history of modern Tunisia is criss-crossed with political repression and social change. From the Bread Riots of 1984 to the Jasmine Revolution of 2010, each citizen has their own story to tell on how the shift in society affected them. Hope Has Two Daughters by Monia Mazigh tells the story of Nadia, who flees Tunisia due to the Bread Riots, and her daughter Lila who returns to Tunisia 25 years later. As Lila learns more about the country where her mother was born, the Tunisian Revolution that deposed President Ben Ali sparks wider unrest in the Arab world and Lila is caught in the middle.

The book launch at Octopus Books with Mazigh and CBC's Adrian Harewood explored Mazigh's personal experience in Tunisia and how her story compared to the story of Nadia and Lila.

Monia Mazigh is an author, an academic, and a human rights advocate. Adrian Harewood is a journalist with the CBC and is currently a news anchor for the CBC Ottawa News.

Thanks to Octopus Books for providing the recording of the book launch. You can find more details about upcoming speakers and like-minded events by going to

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