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Zied Ben Romdhane
In Gafsa, a phosphate mining region in the southwest of Tunisia, a state-controlled company called CPG extracts phosphate from the hills.
Mining, an important economic resource to the Tunisian economy, has been practiced since Roman times.
The local mining villages of Redayef, Mettlaoui, Oumm Laarayes, are rich in resources but marginalized by the government. They remain poor, and polluted, a conduit for wealth. Meanwhile, coastal towns prosper.
During the French occupation workers lured from Libya, Morocco, Algeria and around Tunisia live on this nearly uninhabitable land. Ethnic divisions, exacerbated...

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Tunisia. Mdhilla. 2016. Back of a young man’s head.
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2016. Estuary of chemical waste.
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Tunisia. Umm-Al-Arais. 2016. Tap in the building of the local...
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Tunisia. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Lazheri, an ex-mine worker
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. Redayef. 2015. Train wagon containing phosphate....
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. 2015. Tabeddit. A grandmother trying to join...
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. Umm-Al-Arais. 2015. A boy back tips off wall...
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. A pigeon flying over a cage....
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. ‘Hamma Lasoued’ works as a...
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Waste burning near the railway....
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2016. Estuary of chemical waste....
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. 2015. Mdhilla. A grandmother watches her grandson...
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Tunisia. Touzeur. Nafta. 2015. Exorcism in the temple ‘sidi bou...
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Tunisia. Gabes. Chott-Essalam. 2014.
Chemical waste evacuated...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Umm-Al-Arais. 2016. A young man with a cigarette....
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Improvised tent for protesters...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Damaged walls caused by explosions...
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Tunisia. Umm-Al-Arais. 2015. A girl.
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Mine worker with broken back....
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Redayef. 2016. News on TV in a hotel room.
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Tunisia. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Men playing ‘kharbega,’ a traditional...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Rich Naam. 2015. The backyard of a governmental...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Sagdoud. 2015. A farmer shows the size of fallen...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Mdhilla. 2015. A boy playing soccer.
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. A cloud on the top of a hill...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. A woman in a sit-in.
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Old underground mine.
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Sunset landscape.
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. 2015. Al-Mitlawi. Amara, a freedom ghter who...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Umm-Al-Arais. 2015. The industrial zone.
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Tunisia. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Samar.
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Tunisia. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Amara’s old radio and watch
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Redayef. 2015. Old undergound mine.
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Selja. 2015. Railway worker.
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. A road in a mine site.
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Tunisia. Umm-Al-Arais. 2016. A security agent praying in a school....
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. ’Zeyda’.
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Tunisia. Umm-Al-Arais. 2015. Phosphate plant
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. Weekly explosion in the mine...
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Tunisia. Gabes. Chott-Essalam. 2014. Bushes near the chemical...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Umm-Al-Arais. 2015. The grandchildren of Saad,...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Umm-Al-Arais. 2016. A closed grocery store.
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TUNISIA. Gafsa. 2015. Sagdoud. A man calling for his donkey.
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Tunisia. Gabes. Chott-Essalam. 2014. A seagull feather close...
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Redayef. 2016. A man cutting a tree.
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Tunisia. Gafsa. Al-Mitlawi. 2015. The new mine site Umm-lakhachab....
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Tunisia. Chott-Essalam. 2014. A boy playing with a fridge behind...
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Tunsia. Gabes. Chott-Essalam. 2014. Boys watching a soccer game....
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