I wanted to touch base with all of our subscribers and provide a timely security update. Lately, (thankfully!) most of our security updates are about road safety, general awareness, and positive events.
Behind the headlines, Tunisia is dealing with many challenges including the deteriorating economic situation, protests in the south, and concerning security threats.
Tunisia is still trying to recover from the Bardo incident (March 2015), the attack hit the tourism industry hard and only added to the long list of economic challenges.
Weekly protests away from the capital (Tunis) are taking place mainly from young people desperate for work. Last week in Metaloui “dozens of protest tents are pitched across the rural town with placards calling for “Dignity” and “Work.”
Lastly, the Australian Embassy recent security update was rather alarming:
“This Advice was last issued on Friday, 22 May 2015. Reports of mid-May indicate that terrorists may be planning to attack locations frequented by foreigners in Tunis in the near future. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Tunisia.”
It is important to note that the Australian Embassy is usually very conservative in their security assessments and tends to post overly cautious updates.
It’s all about your setup!
If you are currently living in Tunisia or planning a trip to this beautiful country please don’t let this report scare you. At the Tunisia Security Update we believe in empowering expats/tourists with practical information so that they are able to safely explore, connect and thrive in Tunisia. By understanding the current challenges you can easily adjust your personal security setup as you see fit and then proceed to enjoy Tunisia.
Key Security Reminders
- Situational Awareness (watch your surroundings; don’t become predictable.)
- Informational Awareness (Stay connected & Ensure you can easily check “what’s going on?”)
- Common Sense (If you’re in a hotel then do the tourist thing…if not then go about like you would in any major city.)
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