In recent years, Tunisia has become a destination and country of transit for thousands of sub-Saharan migrants. For many, it is a necessary stopover on their route to Europe. Until continuing on to the next leg of their journey, these individuals support themselves through a variety of generally informal, often precarious, economic activities. This is the case for 25-year-old Ansu from Sierra Leone. Every day, Ansu stations himself in the middle of an intersection along a main road in the capital.

Equipped with a rag and cleaning liquid, his eyes are peeled for drivers who consent to having their windows sprayed and wiped down. At each red light, Ansu dangerously weaves his way through cars lined up at the intersection. His recompense is meager: between a few hundred millimes and a dinar, he informs Nawaat.