Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer Zied Ben Romdhane is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From his project ‘West of Life‘.  To see Zied’s stories click on any image.


Weekly explosion in the mine site




An asphalt worker during road building


Mine worker with a broken back


In Gafsa, a phosphate mining region in the southwest of Tunisia, a state-controlled company called CPG extracts phosphate from the hills.

Mining, an important resource to the Tunisian economy, has been practiced since Roman times. The phosphate mining now accounts for nearly 4 percent of the GDP.

The local mining villages of Redayef, Mettlaoui, Oumm Laarayes, are rich in resources but marginalized by the government. They remain poor and polluted, a conduit for wealth. Meanwhile, coastal towns prosper.

During the French occupation workers lured from Libya, Morocco, Algeria and around Tunisia live on this nearly uninhabitable land. Ethnic divisions, exacerbated by life in a harsh landscape, have produced disharmony between the people and nature.

These incompatible parts remain in a state of constant flux and volatility.

This is my testimony of the harshness of the place, balanced I hope by the humor of the inhabitants and my affection for them.




A grandmother watches her grandson trick ride


Damaged walls caused by explosions in the phosphate field


Improvised tent for protesters demanding a job



See also:

Children Of The Moon

By Zied Ben Romdhane