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Tunisia: The death of twelve rural farmers sparks civil society concerns over safe employment and business accountability

Author: The Arab Weekly, Published on: 30 April 2019

“Outcry in Tunisia over women farmers' deaths in van crash”, 27th April 2019

Seven women day labourers being transported to work on a Tunisian farm in the back of a pickup were among 12 people killed when it collided with a minivan on Saturday, the emergency services said. Unofficial casualty figures put the toll at 15 killed. The deaths triggered an outcry on social media, with users accusing farm owners of treating their low-paid, mainly female workforce "like cattle." Others called the accident a "state crime" and "intentional form of neglect" by local authorities as security patrols should not have allowed the transportation of so many women in unsafe conditions.

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