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Food, shelter in Tunisia aftermath

2011-01-17 08:09:24 GMT2011-01-17 16:09:24(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A man sells a chicken in a market in Tunisia.

It is an increasingly rare sight as security fears kept many shops close, as traders stay at home after days of violence.

SOUNDBITE: Tunis resident, saying (Arabic):

"I am hungry, my children are hungry, there is nothing. We want to buy flour in order to eat. Look at us, they stole from us, they don't care. I just want to eat and give bread to my children. We've searched since seven in the morning for bread, but I can't find any."

As a political vacuum grips Tunisia days after popular revolt ousted the country's longtime president, hundreds of ordinary Tunisians spent Sunday visiting the burnt out husk of a mansion that belonged to one of his relatives.

Crowds have stripped the grounds of its furnishings to take back what they said was the country's stolen wealth.

Crowds of people, some whole families, filed through the beachside villa throughout the day, taking pictures and in some cases, taking away what they called 'souvenirs'.

SOUNDBITE: Tunis resident, saying (Arabic):

"And this feather is for our houses, and this one for our brothers, and this is for all of the Tunisian people, plucked clean, one by one, they bathe in it, lounge in the feathers. This feather, maybe they got it from the Ivory Coast, and this one, maybe they got it from Israel. This is Israeli quality," said Montassar.

Ben Ali, who ruled Tunisia for over 23 years, was forced from office late last week, after weeks of protests against his rule.

(Source, Reuters)

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