Tunisia’s Early Promise Is Thwarted by Terrorism

A small crater in the smooth marble door frame marks the impact of a bullet. And another just below it, this one pointing down. There is a bullet hole at the top of the heavy brown door. And one in the glass display nearby, its sharp cracks obscuring the mosaics inside.

Scanning the bright, tiled halls of Tunisia’s Bardo Museum—cavernous but clear, with a smattering of quiet visitors—scar after scar reveals itself. Blown-off marble, exposed door frames and shattered glass: together, they are a chilling reminder of the chaos this place saw one year prior.

On that day, March 18, 2015, ISIS-affiliated terrorists launched a coordinated attack on the museum, killing twenty-two visitors and wounding fifty more.