The dramatic and deep changes which rolled through Tunisia after the 2011 revolution overturned the political, social and economic life in the country. How did the young generation find themselves in this new situation?
Hopes are mixed with disappointments. Young people share their expectations and anxieties, typical for their age, for their education and employment: Aisha would like to find a job which suits her skills; Hosni believes in not only political but also cultural change after the overthrow of dictator Ben Ali; Ayman believes that only strict following of the Quran can bring a decent personal and political life; Asma and Ahmed are busy with preparation for their wedding; and Muhammad blames politicians for corruption while Souha would like to see Tunisia on a path of fast changes towards a more tolerant society.
Political and economical instability combined with recent events caused by violent Salafists – the radical islamist group – undermined the mood of relief and excitement common immediately following revolution. The countryside, which is already under a great influence of the Salafi movement, and the cosmopolitan, westernized big cities like Tunis and Sousse need to achieve a peaceful coexisting if there is to be any stable development.
Is it possible? Tunisians would say ”Only God knows the answer”. Indeed, there are no commentators or political experts who would be sure about the direction Tunisia will take in the future.