Postcards from the Arab uprisings 5
14 December 2012 Last updated at 00:03 GMT
A desperate act by a young, unemployed, Tunisian man in December 2010 triggered a series of protests that saw the country's president deposed after 23 years and inspired pro-democracy activists across the Arab world.
Two years on from the start of the so-called Arab uprisings, and with the eyes of the world still on the conflict in Syria, BBC News is broadcasting a week of reports on where the region stands now.
In the last of a series of video postcards, people from Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and Algeria talk about the state their countries are in following the events.