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Rising suicide toll rings alarm bells in Tunisia

Tunisian protestor and vegetable vendor Mohamed Bouazizi is celebrated each year in the central town of Sidi Bouzid on the anniversary of the start of the revolution, the first of the Arab Spring uprisings, triggered by his suicideSix years since a young Tunisian stallholder set himself on fire, triggering revolutions across the Arab world, his country’s suicide rate is surging over economic and social woes, experts say. Mohamed Bouazizi, who self-immolated on December 17, 2010 in protest at unemployment and police harassment and died a month later, was among hundreds of Tunisians who have killed themselves in recent years. The rising suicide rate “had already been noticed… over a decade ago”, Fatma Charfi, a child psychiatrist and head of the Committee for the Prevention of Suicide, told AFP.

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