Good question, well I worked for many companies, but I never got a salary which was enough for living. They keep you working 10 hours every day for 400 TDN per month [publisher's note: 136 Euro]. How am I going to live with that money?
Give me the money and I will. I don’t have the money. I’m from a poor family and for opening a store you must have at least 5.000 dinars
I tried many times, no way. They always say to me: "Go home, we will contact you.” They never contacted me. I know people they asked for loans. They asked after me and they got it. Maybe I’m not lucky. Who knows.
Some times construction jobs, security in night clubs, fishing, repairing air conditioners, refrigerators. Through word-of-mouth advertising. I have many friends. They even give me money when I'm short of it.
Yes, the first time we were in the middle of the sea, suddenly the boat crashed. We stayed two days without any food, without nothing, until the rescue came and saved us. Two years later I tried it again, but this time it was a nightmare.
A naval guard boat smashed our boat by mistake in the middle of the night, many died in front of my eyes. They couldn’t swim. They were screaming, crying, 40 people, dead that night. I thank god of being good swimmer, that I was able to board the naval guard boat. They saved me. Until now I can’t sleep in the night, I hear their voices, their screams and the silence, after all the silence.
I love my country, but it doesn’t love me. I have a diploma. I don’t find a job. How am I going to live? If I go to Europe I will work there and they will pay me good money and I will sent enough money to my family for a life in dignity.
The politicians must take care of the young people and help them. But they are competing for positions in the parliament, meanwhile the young people die in the sea and in jail. Many of my friends have a diploma but when they didn’t find a job they start to steal, to buy drugs. So, from a good person to a criminal.
Well, study hard, don’t look at us, we are jobless. Maybe you are lucky and if you have the opportunity to go to Europe, go ahead. Don’t loose that chance. Maybe in 2025 Tunisia becomes a good country, a country for young people, support Tunisia.
I’m already dead.
Interviewed by Firass Mcharek , 24 years old from Zarzis. Firass has his own store for repairing smartphones and computers. Photo by unknown.
It's about life and death. A story that captivates the reader. It is the lack of well payed work that drives Osama almost to his death. In front of his eyes drown people.
Let's put the plot aside and see how the interview is written. Osama earns little and has to work a lot. But there are also mentioned the amount of money and the number of hours. Well done.
The scene in the ocean is very well described (nightmare, screaming, crying) and one understands that Osama can not sleep any more properly at night.
It is interesting that Osama is a craftsman and still has no permanent work. He gets no credit. This is also an appeal to politicians to change something. In that sense, the interview is also political.
The ending ("I'm already dead.") sounds a bit over the top. But that can be because I'm not in this situation.
Comment by Claus Sixt
Osama is 26 years old, attended a three-year vocational training in Tunsia and has a diploma in “Repairing Air Conditioners and Refrigerators”. Nevertheless, since 2013 he can’t find a permanent job. Osama tried illegal immigration across the sea and faced death two times.