Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tunisian on life one year later: No fear

Meriem Ben Salah's 2-month-old will never know his mother's Tunisia.

He won't play in a neighborhood where government minders are lurking and watching.

He won't have to praise and thank the president before giving a book report.

He won't fear talking about politics, afraid that he'll say something the regime doesn't like.

"My son represents the new Tunisia," Ben Salah, a Tunisian native, recently told CNN. "I will tell him what I had to do and what I grew up with and he'll understand that now there is no fear. Fear left with Ben Ali. May he and that fear never come back."

A year ago, the 28-year-old posted an iReport about what it was like to grow up in Tunisia under former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. As she wrote, Tunisia was in the throws of a historic revolution, a movement that would spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

The movement, known as the Arab Spring, was born in Tunisia with a street vendor's self-immolation last year on December 17. Read More