6 July 2014

Tunisia: Civil Society in Ajim Djerba, Mobilised Against Creation of Uncontrolled Garbage Dump

Tunis — The civil society and the inhabitants of Ajim Djerba are mobilised, Sunday, against the creation of an uncontrolled garbage dump in this part of the island.

A sit-in of protest is due on Sunday afternoon near the Djerba airport to denounce the degradation of the environmental situation in Ajim Djerba.

Inhabitants of "Ajim" had prevented, Saturday, three dump trucks of the municipality of Houmet Souk, from using a land as an uncontrolled dump. The municipal equipments, were still confiscated, Sunday morning by the inhabitants of Ajim, according to TAP news agency correspondent. The crisis broke out following the decision to transfer, in this part of the island, the waste of Houmet Essouk, where for more than a week, the household waste are accumulated in the different arteries of the city.

The site transformed in an uncontrolled dump "is a raw land located near the beach where a tourist zone is due to be created," the representative of the civil society noted in a statement following a meeting which lasted until Sunday at dawn.

The civil society decided to establish a crisis cell to ensure the follow-up of the situation in Ajim Djerba and negotiate with the regional and central authorities.

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