Between 2010 and 2011, the so called Arab Spring spread out from a long series of demonstrations and protests. The democratic hopes that crossed northern Africa and the Middle East during those days have been widely betrayed, and the revolutionary dreams seems almost forgotten. This investigation reveals the paradoxical situation of the two countries where the Arab Spring blossomed, Tunisia and Egypt. Five years after the ousting of Ben Ali and Mubarak, things seem to have been turned upside down. The constitutions of the two countries honour and protect the “martyrs of the revolution”, but many demonstrators who remained disabled during the riots have been abandoned to their fate, and even the relatives of the dead ones, despite many promises, have received very little support. Meanwhile, perpetrators of violence remain mainly unpunished and funds allocated to the victims are grossly stolen. In this upside down world, sharks thrive and yesterday’s young heroes are today’s pariahs.
Saada Abd Elkader, Najoua Hammami | Deutsche Welle