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Desperation of Tunisians who set themselves alight

Tunisia will take its place in history as the country that started the phenomenon known as the Arab Spring.

A little over a year ago, a young market trader frustrated with corruption and a lack of opportunity set himself on fire and his death triggered protests which eventually forced out the president.

But the BBC has uncovered statistics that show hundreds of people continue to set themselves on fire in Tunisia, despite the onset of democratic rule

Wyre Davies reports from Tunis.

  • 12 Jan 2012
  • From the section Africa
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