Thursday, December 22, 2011

Faida Hamdi: Madame Butterfly

The "Butterfly Effect" refers to the hypothetical situation where a butterfly flapping its wings in, say Mexico, could set off a chain of minor atmospheric events that (when amplified) can lead to a tornado in, say Texas.  Exactly one year ago, the actions of a female municipal police-officer from Tunisia, Faida Hamdi, set off a chain-reaction of events that ultimately led to the Arab Spring -- a series of revolutions that toppled long-term rulers from Tunisia to Egypt.

This obscure woman, Faida Hamdi, is alleged to have slapped and spat on a street-vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, and if that was not humiliating enough, she confiscated his cart of goods. Humiliated, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire and the rest, as they say, is history. After all has been said and done, Faida Hamdi deserves a footnote in history.


Kofi Bosque-Hamilton said...

Faida was obviously having a bad day. If that was because her husband was being an ass to her then I propose that "Faida Hamdi's husband: Sir butterfly" deserves a footnote too. :-) #tongueincheek

James Chikonamombe said...

Kofi: You mean the world was upturned because one husband woke up on the wrong-side of the bed? Or even worse: his wife was having a bad-hair day!