Siliana is located in northern Tunisia, just 130 km south of the capital Tunis, and has a population of over 25,000. The region’s economy is based primarily on agriculture and some industry is also present. However, unemployment is extremely high in the Siliana region and poverty is widespread. In the recent past, there have been frequent strikes and road blocks demanding increased government efforts to improve the living conditions of the population. Poverty levels are higher on the whole in the interior of the country, as compared to the more affluent coastal regions, but in Siliana residents have historically felt marginalised and now feel neglected by the new government.
Women from the community take part in a weaving workshop at the social centre (photo: SOS archives)