No Marmite In Tunisia : Hi everybody....took a long time to go to sleep last night, as the noise from the town centre and gun shots seemed to last well into the night!
We spent the night downstairs, armed with anything we could lay our hands on, from a knife, to a garden fork, to a simple broom! Our three guard dogs must have thought it was Christmas, being allowed to sleep right next to us! We were terrified that whoever was firing the gunshots we were hearing from the town centre 5 minutes walk away, would start heading our way, and wild thoughts led us to believe that someone could even break into the house and kill us all! We just didn't know what to expect! We found ourselves cowering in the darkness with all of the lights out and the sound of the television was never above a whisper!
Rioting In The Capital Tunis With Similar Scenes Across The Country
No Marmite In Tunisia : Many of us watched in horror, the videos showing the destruction of our towns and many more of us either witnessed it first hand, or heard the jeering, shooting and looting from a distance! A new day has dawned bright and sunny, people have been seen returning to work or clearing the debris. Even the builders working on the building across the road have returned to work as usual!
Most of us will spend the day inside anxiously awaiting further news, despite the lack of coverage on both British and Tunisian televisions!
Have yet to see the devastation caused to either Beni Khiar, or Nabeul, but the builders who come from Nabeul, say that it is destroyed! I feel like somebody witnessing a road accident....you want to look, but you don't want to look!
Eve : That is unbelievable, what is it really all about and where are the police the whole place looks like a no go zone , how widespread is this how far south has it gone are the people in hammamet and sousse suffering the same?
The Turn of Tunis, Just A Few Days Later, Looking Like A War Zone!
Russ : We're ok but our bank has been burnt out and the ATM destroyed. Not ventured into the centre of Marsa as we have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible. Supermarket shelves are emptying fast and they are restricting access. Luckily we got in and stocked up. They even had the beer and wine section open!!
The adults have plenty to say, but how is this all affecting our children? I came across this conversation by two local expat children (who would probably like to remain anonymous!) and the conversation ran something like this.....
Child 1 ...."Are you ok?? Don't be scared of the guns it's a good sing that the army is protecting us. But if any riot's come your way then turn evrything of cuz of all the rage that the pepole have they smash the door/window's and come in and could kill you or leave you and steal stuff like that tv you got or (your worst nightmare) they could steal your wii lolololool and (very importent) if you go out after 8 oclock then the army will shoot you."
Child 2....."cool i am not scared i am happy becos the is no school if they come in to my haws i will kill them so bad lol i shall get my plastik gun lol i will go bbbbb...!!!"
Rioting Continued For A Lot Longer In The Capital Tunis
Gabrielle : I know some Tunisian girls on Twitter who said: "I didn't think I would ever say this but we want our schools back! We need to go to school!"
Gabrielle : My little 7 year old sister was crying her eyes out last night and refused to go to sleep alone.
15 Year Old Expat Gabrielle Constructed A Video
Take A Look At What's Going On!
Pray For Tunisia!
Kerry : Please also let people know about the deaths of the innocent during all this not just the looting (obviously a very awful event) Some of the protests have been peacful, but a small minority have been out of control. A member of our family was shot yesterday in hammamet by the police on his way home from work as he caught up near the protests. Our hearts are with those families
Rusty : The BBC have an overseas correspondent (Adam Mynott) reporting daily from the streets of Tunis and the situation is now being aired on BBC radio and TV here in the UK. The general public are slowly becoming aware of the motives behind the current political unrest. International observers will be sent to the scene but I expect it will get worse before it gets better. The cauldron is still bubbling! The word is that Ben Ali's houses have been razed to the ground by fire. The Foreign Office is telling expats to keep a low profile and to stay at home. Let's hope things will die down soon for everyone's sake!
No Marmite In Tunisia : Would just like to say.....most people, whether it be Europeans, Dual nationals, or 100% Tunisians are not jubilantly dreaming of a new regime, or proud that our towns are reduced to rubble, or ecstatic when we hear the sound of gunfire...we are scared...SHIT SCARED!
There are many different political viewpoints and indeed numerous conspiracy theories, as to who is organising this destruction as well as some of it caught on camera leaving many of us in no doubt...BUT AT THE MOMENT WE JUST DON'T CARE! We are trying to get through this and keep our children protected as best as we can and hope, just hope, to come out of this safely at the other end!