Kairouan, Tunisia - 17 December, 2011: Said Ferjani, 57, senior member of the political and communication bureau of the Nahda (Renaissance) party, is invited by the Abdulhamid Alwini's family in Kairouan, Tunisia on 17 December, 2011. Said Ferjani and Abdulhamid Alwini (not in picture) have been friends since elementary school, and haven't seen each other for 22 years when Said flew the country. Said Ferjani started his activism in the Negra mosque of his hometown Kairouan when he was 16 years old, debating on politics, philosophy, economy and world events. In 1989 former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali turned against Nahda (or Ennahda) and jailed 25,000 activists. Said Ferjani was jailed and tortured. He then flew Tunisia and moved to the UK. He came back to Tunisia after 22 years, after former dictator Ben Ali flew the country.
Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times
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