Tunisia: 'Bizerte in colors' - NGO repaints old port's homes

To give back life to picturesque port area

16 June, 14:13

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 16 - Giving back life to the characteristic area of the old port of Bizerte in Tunisia, repainting with vivacious colors the homes overlooking the sea, is the inspiration of the project "Bizerte in colors" promoted by civil society organization C'est à Vous De Changer Bizerte.

    The project, which has been ongoing for a few months, provides for the restoration of the facades of the homes around the city's old port painted in pastel colors, similar to the original ones, based on studies conducted by the National heritage institute (Inp) with the supervision of several specialists.

    The idea comes from the colorful houses of Cape Town, in South Africa, and because the city is in the north of the African continent, it would represent some sort of symmetry, the founder of the NGO, Ahmed Hamdoun, told Tap news agency.

    About 70% of the project has been realized and it will be completed in two months. The couple of homes already restored and repainted have made a good impression on foreign and local tourists. The site has also been chosen for photo sessions and videoclips, stressed Hamdoun. The organization is conducting awareness campaigns, especially among the young, to promote the area as a characteristic place for local and foreign tourism.

    The NGO also participated together with other organizations of civil society and the local administration in cleaning the area around the old port and presented to the city council and to the appropriate ministries another program to connect the port to the sea through a second channel. This will contribute to reduce pollution in the port, which has for years received waste water and oil from ships, said the association. Bizerte is also known as the "African Venice" for the configuration of cannels connecting the lake to the sea and which cross the city to form a central island. Bizerte has always been a refugee for seafarers, civil and military fleets. It was taken by the Turks in 1574, becoming a corsair harbor. (ANSAmed)
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