2010-2019: Ten years of heartbreak and hope, in photos
Years from now, this period will be remembered as a time when our advancements—fuelled by accelerated trends in consumerism and technology—were countered by an increasing concern for our degrading planet brought about by the consequences of these very advancements
Image by : Zohra Bansemra/Reuters
A series of protests and demonstrations in the Middle East herald the beginning of the Arab Spring. The initial trigger was the self-immolation of Tarek el-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, in December 2010. Fuelled by reactions against oppressive regimes and a low standard of living, protests spread to Egypt and Libya, followed by uprisings in Yemen and Bahrain.