Mohamed Oussama carrying a backpack, his guitar and rubbish bags, walks along the Nabuel beach in northern Tunisia on July 26, 2018. AFP / FETHI BELAID
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Bin bags at the ready, "long-distance activist" Mohammad Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia's Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds of trash as he goes along. The 27-year-old sanitary engineer set out in July to walk a 300-kilometer stretch of coastline in northern Tunisia and clean up 30 beaches along the way. He hopes the two-month trek will help convince authorities, holidaymakers and average Tunisians alike that the sea should not be used as a giant garbage tip.There is also a lack of environmental awareness among Tunisians, Environment Minister Riadh Mouakher said in mid-2017 as he announced the launch of a special "green police" unit to combat the country's rubbish woes.At his first beach stop, Houij estimates he collected about 100 kilograms of waste. Nearly 150 kilometers and 14 beaches later, Houij is astounded by the sheer volume of waste he's found along the shore.
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