Tunisian president Zine Ben Ali was the first one to go. Following weeks of unrest over corruption and unemployment the 74 year old leader left
Tunisia for which granted him and his family asylum. He fled his country after 23 years in power. Saudi Arabia,
Today BBC reported that similar protests are taking place in
Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Iran and . Bahrain
A wave of anti-government unrest is sweeping through the
Poverty, inequality, a poor social sector and corruption are the main reason why citizens in the
Middle East are going to the streets demanding changes. According to the World Bank, since the mid-1980s there has been little progress in poverty reduction in the Middle East and North Africa, although human development indicators have continued to improve (http://bit.ly/fTjA4b).
The latest Corruption Perception Index study done by Transparency International shows that, except for a few gulf countries, corruption is on the higher end in the Middle East and
North Africa (http://bit.ly/cNpOT7). But with the internet and instant communications which allows people to see what life is like elsewhere, Arabs are beginning to see freedom from corruption as a basic human right.
World In Need works in
Middle East helping with veterinary projects, gender development and education. The people we work with are mostly poor nomads and refugees.