On December 19 last year, 26-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire to protest the police confiscating his unlicensed fruit cart. The wave of demonstrations that followed his initial revolt, first in Tunisia, then in Egypt and Yemen and Bahrain and Libya, are something Bouazizi never saw, as he died shortly after setting himself alight before a government building in Tunis.
What Bouazizi's missing, however, his grieving mother has watched unfold daily. She's now reached out to Al Jazeera and recorded a message to the protesters in the other Arab states, specifically Libya, who are losing their lives to dictatorial regimes the way her son did.
"I would like to kiss every martyr's mother on the head," she says before a huge poster of her late son. "And I pray that God may grant them the serenity and patience to bear the unbearable. May Libya become a free country."