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 www.octopusbooks.ca
Image - M.Rais on Wikimedia
Like this podcast? rabble is reader/listener supported journalism.
Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.