Top Officials Contradict Each Other on Covid-19 Funds

A screenshot of the Tunisian Ministry of Health's website for the special 1818 Covid Fund on the website, showing that the online tool indicating the amount collected does not function. Taken on November 7, 2020.

The government began raising donations from Tunisians to help fight Covid-19 in March, but now many are concerned about how that money—just over 200 million Tunisian Dinars (TND)—has been spent. Several high level officials have issued statements that appear to contradict each other regarding how the money has been spent or whether it has been spent at all. Activists and civil society groups claim that officials are providing little transparency on this issue, and some have alleged that Covid-19 funds have been misappropriated and stolen.

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