Oued El Khil, a few kilometers from the relatively recently founded city of Medenine, is a southern mountain village situated on the chain of mountains which cross the Tunisian desert and regions such as beni khedach, Chenini, Matmata and Beni Zelten. The small village defies the vastness of the desert and exclusion from the surrounding modern urban ugliness that has polluted and destroyed pearls such as the thirty-three Ksurs of Medenine, bombarded in the early sixties, and the oasis of Gabes, contaminated since the seventies by the chemical industry.

Oued El Khil

Oued El Khil

Despite governmental policies dating from the seventies which have aimed (through the manipulation of water sources and marginalization of agricultural development) to push people out of these fortresses and towards the coastal cities, the grandchildren of Oued El Khil refuse to give up their glorious ancestral history of resistance and their harmonious communal mode of life. This history is still visible atop boulders, the site of imposing and breathtaking Ksurs (Berber Castles). The village’s small community is strongly connected to the isolated, mystical, mountain-encircled valley; most importantly, they are committed to fighting the void.