Zarzis is one of the ports from which, in the spring of 2011, thousands of Tunisians have left in the direction of Europe. A fishing port that, in a few days, ended up in the hands of traffickers. The smugglers of Zarzis could earn thousands of euro in one night. They bought boats at exorbitant prices and they put people inside under the eyes of police and coast guard.
“A period that will not happen again,” as told by the anonymous smuggler interviewed in this video.
The Tunisian fishermen of Zarzis often cross migrant boats from Libya. In September 2013 one of them rescue a stranded boat with 112 people on board. “There were six women and two children. A woman gave birth sitting on the edge of the raft,” says this fisherman. Of the 112 migrants, about a dozen have lost their lives at sea, the others were taken in Zarzis and then transferred to Medenine, where they live with a document from asylum seekers.