The death of a Tunisian poet
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The death of a Tunisian poet

Nidhal Gharibi took his life at the age of 32. His friends say his depression was exacerbated by Tunisia's political and economic situation.

Of the Tunisians who responded to a BBC News Arabic survey of the Middle East and North Africa, four in every 10 said they were depressed.

Only Iraqis are more likely to report feeling depressed across the 10 countries, plus the Palestinian territories, that were surveyed by the Arab Barometer research network.

Suicide figures increased in Tunisia after 2011. Some link the rise to disillusionment following the high hopes raised by the Arab Spring uprisings around the region.

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Produced by Matthew Cassel.

  • 01 Jul 2019
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