Mahrès is a small coastal town in central Tunisia with a population of approximately 30,000. The economy of the region is based primarily on fishing, and olive and almond tree cultivation. However, the income people are able to generate this way is generally seasonal and thus not stable. There are several social programmes in place in the city, providing free housing to poor families, for example. But not everyone has access to these programmes, and many families get by as live-in caretakers for wealthier families, often living in overcrowded conditions.
A celebration at the children’s village (photo: SOS archives)