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University of South Sewanee

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Fall 2017

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Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean


Water is a precious resource even in a tropical rainforest, and in a dry country like Tunisia it is essential. Located in the south central region of the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisia, like nearly every other Mediterranean country, faces a stark challenge in providing clean drinking water to its growing population. Compared to its neighbors, Tunisia, with a few minor exceptions, does a good job in meeting this goal. In the rural northwestern governorate of Jendouba, where most of the country’s surface water comes from, there is ironically a dire need for clean drinking water in the rural areas outside the city of Jendouba.

This paper will focus on the challenges facing the rural population, the existing framework for delivering the water, and the perceptions of the people who face this problem and those who deal with it. The situation in the Jendouba is one that could be compared to a painter too poor to hang any of his own paintings on his wall. Instead of paintings, however, we are talking about water here, and instead of wealthy patron of the arts taking the paintings away, we allude to the large cities of Tunis, Sousse, Sfax, and Cape Bon who drain most of the water away.

This paper seeks to discover whether an injustice is being committed in this unfair water distribution. In this puzzle many different players are involved, and hopefully, through a series of interviews and other research methods, it will be elucidated.


Agricultural and Resource Economics | Environmental Studies | Place and Environment | Rural Sociology | Social Welfare



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