"Lighting Fires", a message of hope from the Mountainous Region of Khmer to the Mediterranean Sea
Every year the Council of Mallorca invites the institutions and entities of Mediterranean countries, where it supports development cooperation and humanitarian aid projects through the Fons Mallorquí de Solidaritat i Cooperació
, to carry out an activity aimed at raising awareness about the conservation of historical heritage and the powerlessness of refugees in the Mediterranean region
The initiative consists of lighting old coastal watchtowers, which have become lighthouses and bastions for the defence of human rights.
As a partner of the Mallorquí Fund, for the second consecutive year LDA Tunisia
has promoted an activity in this framework: after a first proposal in Mehdia, this year the LDA proposed as a location Béni Mtir in Jendouba, in the north-west of Tunisia.
The "Lighting Fires" event took place on January 11th, 2020 with a group of young Tunisian campers in the Khmer mountains region, at a height of 650 m above the level of the Mediterranean Sea.
The reason for the choice of Beni M'Tir, this mountainous village located on the lands of the Berber tribes that is known for its dam, is that its name originates from some of the Mutair tribes who migrated to North Africa and then Andalusia in the 11th century! It is one of the least populated municipalities in the country, with a population of 811 people - mainly young people who are employed in precarious jobs despite the considerable potential of the area in natural resources.
Holding "Lighting Fires" in Beni M'Tir is a citizens' gesture of hope to give impetus and bring light to a beautiful region of Tunisia!