International Report-logo

International Report

RFI France

RFI goes behind-the-scenes of one of the week's major stories.

RFI goes behind-the-scenes of one of the week's major stories.
More Information


Paris, France


RFI France


RFI goes behind-the-scenes of one of the week's major stories.




Nicaragua series pt.1: Political prisoners

In Nicaragua, more than 300 people have been killed in the past six months as President Daniel Ortega continues his crackdown on protests demanding his removal. In the capital Managua, streets remain deserted as anti-regime protests have been declared illegal with thousands of opponents behind bars. RFI's Alix Hardy reports.


The voodoo tradition of West Africa is alive and well

Voodoo or Juju, the belief in traditional magical powers, is widely practiced in Africa and other parts of the world inhabited by people of African descent. Some Africa communities like the Ogu people, who inhabit parts of the coastal areas of the West African States of Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana, have a justice and police system based on voodoo. In Ogu land, the system which dates back several centuries is known as Zangbeto. The Ogus hold tightly to this ancient tradition which they say...


Drinking from the world's oldest vine

Slovenia Oldest Vine located in the heart of the old city centre of Maribor is the world’s oldest vine dating back to the 16th century. This plant still produces grapes that are used to make one of the world’s rarest wine. RFI’s Dhananjay Khadilkar reports from Maribor.


Life of Kobane female teenagers - Kobane Pt. 5

In the northern Syrian city of Kobane, Kurds make up the majority of the population. In 2015, when the city was almost surrounded by the Islamic State armed group, most of the population fled to the Turkish border. Today, three years on, many families have come back to Kobane. But for Kobane's women, and especially the youth, has life returned to normal? Filip Warwick tries to answer that question in this final report of a five-part series.


Syria's job prospects - Kobane Pt. 4

Now in its seventh year the Syrian Civil war continues to affect millions of lives on a daily basis. According to the United Nations, the war has cost the country close to 335 billion euros so far. But the complexities of the conflict are all too noticeable with Syrian government employees working in areas controlled by US-led coalition forces, and the economic impact of the war pushing millions of people into unemployment and poverty. Filip Warwick has this fourth report in a five-part...


Business as usual for weapons dealers - Kobane Pt.3

The U.S has long been the world’s number one exporter of arms. The past few years has seen weapons from Eastern Europe flood the Syrian conflict. Through Eastern-European contractors and subcontractors, the Pentagon has supplied up to 1.9 billion euros worth of Soviet-style arms and ammunition to Syrian groups and factions fighting against the Islamic State armed group. In this third report in a series of five, Filip Warwick goes to the northern Syrian city of Kobane, to meet two weapon...


Living the life of a teenage Kurdish fighter - Kobane Pt.2

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict various non-state armed groups have used children as young as 15 to fight in the war, that’s according to a Human Rights Watch report. In this second report in a series of five, Filip Warwick meets a young man who joined the fight at the prime of his teens.


The role of Syria’s Kurdish women - Kobane Pt.1

In 2015 the northern Syrian city of Kobane made world news when the Islamic State armed group surrounded it. During the four month battle, many women from the armed female Kurdish units died defending the city. In a five-part series about the Kurdish women of Syria, Filip Warwick has this report from Kobane.


Brexit part 5/5: How EU citizens in the UK fear being left behind

Since Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU) two years ago, the country’s three and a half million EU citizens have been uncertain of their future. As negotiations between London and Brussels become ever more protracted, the prospect of the UK failing to reach an agreement over the terms of its departure has left many concerned. The British government has sought to reassure Europeans that their rights will be protected but recent immigration scandals have highlighted the complexities...


Brexit part 4/5: Businesses sound the alarm as Brexit fears kick-in

During Britain’s referendum on European Union membership in 2016, taking back control of national borders was a popular theme. But as London and Brussels struggle to negotiate a deal, representatives from a range of British businesses that rely on cross-border trade have started to sound the alarm. In the fourth of a five-part series on the possible consequences of Brexit, Andrew Connelly reports from the port of Dover.


Brexit part 2/5: The great Irish divide

Violence between Republican and Unionist groups in Northern Ireland left more than 3,500 people dead from the 1950s until the Good Friday Agreement peace deal was signed in 1998. That agreement phased out security checkpoints on the border between Northern Ireland in the UK and the Republic of Ireland in the south and allowed people and goods to cross freely and unchecked. This was helped by the two countries being in the same customs union and single market, removing any need for...


Brexit part 1/5: How will Irish businesses cope?

When peace came to Northern Ireland, British military installations were gradually dismantled along it’s border with the Republic of Ireland in the south. Now it is almost invisible and the free flow of goods and people across it was made easy by the two countries’ membership of the European Union’s single market and customs union. But in March 2019, Britain will stop being an EU country and one of the biggest puzzles of Brexit is how to keep the Irish border open without introducing checks...


Fatoumata Diawara - Mali's ambassador of music

Mali made the news a few weeks ago with its presidential elections. But it has an unofficial ambassador on the rise, singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, who is currently touring the world. Our correspondent in Germany, Emmanuelle Chaze, met her after her Berlin performance, and tells us more about Fatoumara’s music and fight for social justice.


How the Marere Springs brings life to Kenya's Shimba Hills National Reserve

Two-fifths of Kenya’s 46 million people do not have access to reliable clean water. The Shimba Hills National Reserve in Coastal Kenya is where the source of the Marere Springs can be found. These springs are one of the four major water sources people on the coast. In the third part of our series on Kenya's forests, David John Bwakali went deep into the Shimba Hills National Reserve to find out how it interacts with the springs.


Under the leaves of Kenya's sacred forests

The Mijikenda Kaya Forests in Kenya consist of 11 separate forest sites spread over some 200 kilometres along the country's coast. In Kenya, these forests are sacred and have historical, religious and cultural value for the Miji Kenya people. In the first of our five-part series, David John Bwakali visits one of these sacred forests.


Wangari Maathai's green legacy to the people of Nairobi

This week marks seven years since the death of Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan Nobel laureate and environmental activist. But her legacy in Kenya lives on. Through the Green Belt Movement, Maathai fought hard to keep land grabbers and loggers out of Kenya’s forests. One of her legacies is Karura Forest - right in the middle of Nairobi. For the second in a five-part series on Kenya’s forests, correspondent David Bwakali reports from Nairobi


Returning to Raqqa

In the Syrian city of Raqqa much of the infrastructure remains flattened. The four-month push in 2017 to oust the Islamic State armed group destroyed 90 percent of the city. Some 20,000 bombs, rockets and missiles were dropped between June and October last year, that’s according to Airwars, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation that tracks international air wars against IS and other groups in Syria and Iraq. Nevertheless local authorities continue to clear munitions and other improvised...


Raqqa’s underground caliphate

In October of last year the rebel Syrian Democratic Forces with support of the US led coalition entered Raqqa, the former capital of the Islamic State armed group. Civilians returning home not only found their property marked and vandalised but also underground tunnels. The vast underground complex was not only built to provide cover from coalition aerial bombardment; it housed bunkers, storage facilities and escape routes for Islamic State fighters. In this fourth part in a series of 5,...


How Islamic State armed group ran Raqqa

Syrian city of Raqqa was hardly known internationally before Islamic State (IS) armed group claimed it as their capital in 2014. The sixth largest Syrian city was one where people of different religions lived together peacefully. But since the arrival and subsequent departure of IS, Raqqa’s foundation has been shaken. In this third report of a five-part series, Filip Warwick explores the Raqqa of today.


Healing the traumatised children of Raqqa after three years of IS armed group

Last year tens of thousands of internally displaced people, or IDPs, fled from areas controlled by the Islamic State Armed Group. Many of those families with children escaped from Raqqa and the Deir ez-Zur region - areas that experienced three years of IS control and subsequent U.S and Russian air bombing campaigns. Exposed to airstrikes, artillery shelling and having witnessed violent deaths and executions, children risk developing mental disorders. With few NGOs providing medical...