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Residents of Tunisian village protest massive toxic landfill

A mounting trash crisis in central Tunisia has put the small town of Aguereb, host to the region’s largest landfill, center stage.
Demonstrators burn tyres during a general strike following the death of a protester and the reopening of a rubbish dump, Aguereb, Tunisia, Nov. 10, 2021.

AGUEREB, Tunisia — Aguereb, a small village in Tunisia’s central countryside, was once known for its fresh air, thriving ecosystem and beautiful natural surroundings, home to rare species of flora and wild gazelle.

Now, it is the site of the region’s largest landfill, collecting millions of tons of waste since 2008 that has made life all but unbearable for residents. 

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