This article was published by the Economist on 19th March, 2013
LAST week a 27-year-old cigarette vendor set himself on fire in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis. Adel Khazri’s action returned attention to the economic crisis which sparked the Tunisian revolution in 2011. “This is Tunisia, this is unemployment,” he shouted as he went up in flames, echoing the desperation of Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in December 2010. Mr Khazri came to Tunis from Jendouba, a poor region in the north west where jobs are scarce and many survive selling oil smuggled in from Algeria.