Ramadan charity banquets, a time-honored tradition that symbolizes solidarity in the Muslim holy month, have become a bitter necessity in Tunisia, gripped by a years-long economic crisis worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

In Hajj al-Shaabi, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the northeastern coastal city of Ariana, there are unpaved roads lacking street lights and piles of garbage dumped in street corners, with intermittent workers, earning a very low income per day, and hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants settling in Tunisia residing in the area. EFE