There is more than one definition of corruption, and the definition varies from one theme to another. For me it's not only money. Flatter a politician, do him a favour, be his friend, and he can become corrupt without realizing it.
Yes, I have met the Minister of Education and the Minister of Youth and told them that we need more affordable accommodation for young people in the countryside. But that was not even that special. Everyone else was a little bit nervous but, come on, we are all just human beings. Their profession does not make them superior to us. We are all the same.
I have different dreams everyday. I am a person of change, I like meeting new people and develop new ideas everyday. Change is just normal for us humans. We only live once and in heaven, there won’t be much room for development anymore. So let’s explore this life to the fullest! But my dream, which does not change, is to live in peace away from religious and ethnic intolerance
Yes, society means constant change, but there are many boundaries in the political or economical system. Tunisia is right now in a process of change, we still transform the old dictatorship to the new democracy. Unfortunately, this takes a lot of time, but we are now on the right path towards democracy that guarantees the rights of all. But we are now on the right path towards democracy that guarantees the rights of all.
I am working a lot on corruption, which can be seen nearly everywhere.
There are many people who profit from corruption and threat the ones fighting against it. I once was a moderator of a Facebook page with 6000 followers. I published a picture that proved that someone from the Municipality of Douz was stealing land from the city and it got reposted more than 200 times. The administrator of the page then came to me. His brother is working together with the thief. So he told the administrator to delete the post, otherwise he will denounce me to the police. He deleted the post and I stopped working for that page. Imagine, this thief tries to contact me until today.
There is always a beginning for each end. I learned how we are able to change weakness to power. So I decided to develop an mobile applicaton where people can denounce corruption anonymously. I work together with a friend and we want to sell it to the National Agency against Corruption.
Yes, kind of. Not more dangerous than the corruption that afflicts the state. There is a law that protects people like me, but it is not respected. I am not talking with too many people about my project, to be honest. And I would like to do my Master degree in Europe, where it is more safe for people like me. Where the government respects the people.
I often hear those words. "Alaa it's waste of time. You aren't able to fight corruption because the corrupt persons are in high positions." But I always reply that I have confidence in our young people, the youth of revolution, which likes to change our country. Our young people like to see another Tunisia, a Tunisia without corruption, without discrimination between persons and regions.
First of all, justice. And that the laws that are in place are actually enforced. Secondly, personal freedom. I want to go through the streets without being frightened. Tunisia still has a long way to go to have a well-working democracy in all parts of society. In my eyes, the fight against corruption is an important part of it.
Interview and photo by Marie Nele Wolfram, student of International Relations and former member of the City Cuncil of Plauen, Germany. Photo by Alaa.
Awarded with the 1st prize for the photo in the project "Teaching Political Tools to Young People 2017".
The word corruption appears in the headline and in the first question. That's good, because after this headline the average reader expects some words about corruption. Alaa gives a definition of it, which starts very generell ("There is more than one definition"). I would prefer to read at once the exciting part: "Corruption, for me it's not only money ..."
Already in the second paragraph the interview becomes very personal with a simple trick: "Do you have a DREAM, Alaa?" Well done.
Together with a friend Alaa is developping an application for reporting corruption. This sounds exciting. How far is this application developed? What is the schedule to sell it to the National Agency? Are there already similiar existing applications? I never heard about such an application, unfortunately I don't learn a lot about it. Comment by Claus Sixt
Alaa, 23 years old, is the first student of his Science Faculty in Gabès, Tunisia, who is developing an application with a political impact. His mission is to fight corruption.