REUTERS: Manoubia Bou Azizi wipes her tears during an interview with Reuters at her home in Marsa district, north of Tunisia. The mother of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian man who set himself on fire in an act of protest which inspired the Arab Spring, urged the new leaders the country is electing on Sunday to honour her son’s sacrifice by helping poor people like him.
What it must feel like to be this man’s mother. Of her son, Manoubia said: “He is no longer the son of Tunisia, he is the son of the whole world.” Nothing could be truer.
Today, Tunisia makes me feel proud to be an Arab.
I hope Bou Azizi’s legacy is safeguarded.