On Dec 19th 2010. Mohamed Bouazizi A poor Street Vendor had his fruits and vegetables - which he used to sell to feed his wife and children - destroyed by the Tunisian dictator in the payroll of the Awful Americans. He commited suicide by burning himself - and forever unshackled the Arabs from the vice of the Vampires. A Tribute By Mathew Jallow Barely three months ago, few people outside his small town in rural Tunisia, knew who he was. He does not have a fancy college degree. And he was poor; dirt poor. But each morning, Mohamed Bouaziziwoke up and hit the dusty pavements of his small town, with very little hope in his heart, but with a lot of determination in his mind. After all, that was all he had left. For despite the odds stacked against him, Mohamed Bouazizi had an appointment with destiny to provide for his family, and refused to be found wanting in that burdensome responsibility. But without any formal education or a marketable skill, Mohamed Bouazizi adopted a volatile and unpredictable way of making a living; a profession that was subject to external forces in the informal market environment under which he operated, but above all, a profession in which the income he made largely depended not on how hard he worked for what he got, but on the goodwill or lack there of, of the municipal agents who prowled the streets of his small town extorting the poor and vulnerable. As a street vendor who earned the barest minimum, Mohamed Bouazizi needed every penny he got, and what he did with the little he earned, made the difference between providing for his family or starving them. As usual, on an uneventful morning three months ago, Mohamed did what he always did; trudge the weary streets of his small town determined to provide for his family. But what he did not know was that the day was going to be unlike any other in short his life. It all began when a municipal agent confiscated his goods and wares, and left him with nothing to sell to provide for his family, and a frustrated Mohamed Bouazizi responded the only way he knew how; he set himself on fire in protest. The rest is a history that is still unfolding in the ancient narrow cobble-stone streets and wide modern boulevards of Cairo; a history that set Tunisia on fire and toppled its long time dictator Ben Ali; a history of political and social revolts, which continue to sweep across North Africa and the Middle-East; and a history whose cascading effects continue to shake the social, political and economic foundation of the world. The poor street vendor who no one outside his small town knew only three months ago, has become the unlikely hero to millions yearning to be free from political tyranny, and a villain to a few tyrants who hold them down in virtual bondage. In death Mohamed achieved what he never could in life. When he set himself on fire on a street corner in his town to protest the seizure of his goods and wares, neither he nor anyone else could imagine that he would set off a wave of revolutions the like of which the world has not seen since the downfall of socialist regimes across Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe in the 1970s. Today, Mohamed Bouazizi can look down on earth from heaven's door and smile at what he has accomplished for all of mankind. REST IN PERFECT PEACE blessed Mohamed Bouazizi.