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Faranak Amidi takes a fresh look at the stories of the week with journalists from our 40 language sections.

Faranak Amidi takes a fresh look at the stories of the week with journalists from our 40 language sections.

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Faranak Amidi takes a fresh look at the stories of the week with journalists from our 40 language sections.

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Aboriginal


Episodes

Chile's Covid-19 paradox

4/9/2021
Chile has become a global example of how a high vaccine rollout may not mean the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. Numbers of infections and deaths are higher than ever, and a strict new lockdown has been imposed. BBC Mundo contributor Paula Molina explains how this situation arose. Egypt's new Coptic speakers Coptic can be traced back to the language spoken in Ancient Egypt, but only survives today in the liturgy of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Apart, that is, from a growing number of Egyptians...

Duration:00:39:14

The men making money from migrants

4/2/2021
The sinking of a boat carrying illegal migrants across Lake Van in Turkey last year caused shockwaves in Afghanistan. Many of the passengers were Afghans, and while more than 60 bodies were recovered, others remain missing. BBC Afghan’s Hafizullah Maroof decided to investigate, telling the story of one of the victims, and gaining rare access to the people trafficker responsible for his journey. An algorithm for the perfect biryani Even throughout lockdown boredom, Aparna Alluri of BBC Delhi...

Duration:00:41:00

Remembering a Zulu king

3/26/2021
King Goodwill Zwelithini, who died two weeks ago, led the Zulu people for fifty years, gaining both praise and criticism for the way he ruled. Pumza Fihlani of BBC Africa went to his funeral and discusses the significance of the Zulu king. Ukraine's Eurovision entry This year's Eurovision entry from Ukraine sounds like a super modern dance track. But the lyrics are a traditional folk song, sung to usher in Spring. Roman Lebed of BBC Ukrainian tells us more. Nepal’s women masons BBC Marathi’s...

Duration:00:42:21

Syria: Two women, ten years on

3/19/2021
It has been ten years since the start of the Syrian civil war. The lives of Syrians were turned upside down and many fled the country. BBC correspondent Lina Sinjab tells the contrasting stories of two women - one is still in Damascus and the other now lives in Beirut. My Home Town: Shovot, Uzbekistan Candyfloss, dancing in the park, and a secret library: Ibrat Safo of BBC Uzbek takes us to his hometown in north-west Uzbekistan. Chernobyl forest fires Forest fires are increasingly in the...

Duration:00:41:14

Two to tango

3/12/2021
Astor Piazzolla is known as the father of modern tango. The BBC's Valeria Perasso is from Argentina and was born and raised listening to his music. Irena Taranyuk of BBC Ukrainian is a big fan – and dancer - of tango. In the centenary year of Piazzolla’s birth, they discuss his “tango revolution” and its legacy around the world. Loaves, oil and meat: Iran's lean Nowruz Queues outside butchers, fights over cooking oil, and buying loaves by the half – all images seen on social media in Iran at...

Duration:00:41:20

Life in a Kurdish military camp

3/5/2021
BBC Arabic's Namak Khoshnaw was given unfettered access to film in a military camp of Komala, the Revolutionary Party of Iranian Kurdistan, in Iraqi Kurdistan for his film Escape from Iran. Komala has become a magnet for young Iranian Kurds prepared to risk everything to leave their homeland and train as Peshmerga fighters. We find out about the challenges of filming it, the people fleeing Iran, and the memories it brought back for Namak, himself a former refugee. Reciting the Koran Nourin...

Duration:00:41:21

Somalia's election impasse

2/26/2021
Somalia currently has a president in name only. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed, who’s also known by his nickname Farmajo, should have ended his term of office on 8 February. But the parliamentary elections to begin the process of choosing a new president are yet to take place. It's a tense situation, and opposition protests last week in Mogadishu saw gunfire, with more protests planned. BBC Africa's Bella Sheegow in Mogadishu and BBC Monitoring's Ibrahim Aydid in Nairobi explain what's...

Duration:00:41:48

Six years on: the murder of Avijit Roy

2/19/2021
It’s six years since the secular blogger Avijit Roy was murdered outside the Dhaka book fair, where he'd been a speaker. This week, five men were sentenced to be hanged for their part in the killing. BBC Bangla journalist Akbar Hossain has been covering the story since 2015 and reflects on the story. The "Switzerland of Africa" Photos posted on social media this week show alpine vistas and snow covered houses in Morocco. It's not a surprise to BBC Africa's Nora Fakim, who visited the...

Duration:00:41:29

Ethiopia's missing refugees

2/12/2021
The Ethiopian government declared victory over the former ruling party of Tigray at the end of November, but information from the region is still sparse. One unanswered question is: what happened to thousands of Eritrean refugees living in camps there who went missing during the fighting? Bekit Teklemariam of BBC Tigrinya has been trying to find out. Chinese New Year 2021 It’s officially Chinese New Year’s day today, usually a time when millions from outside and within China head home for...

Duration:00:41:26

Myanmar: Reporting the coup

2/5/2021
It’s less than a week since a military coup in Myanmar, staged as a new session of parliament was set to open. BBC Burmese editor Soe Win Than tells us about events leading up to the coup, and reactions in Myanmar, where the transition to democracy has proved short-lived. My Home Town: Changwon, South Korea Julie Yoonnyung Lee of BBC Korean takes us to her hometown of Changwon in South Korea to ride bicycles and admire the cherry blossom. Unwitching Assam Birubala Rabha grew up in India's...

Duration:00:22:51

Somalia: memories, identity and war

1/29/2021
In January 1991, the Somali state collapsed into civil war after the fall of President Mohamed Siad Barre. For those living in what used to be British Somaliland, the violence began in 1988, when government forces bombed Hargeisa. Thousands fled to neighbouring Ethiopia, including Ismail Einashe, then a young boy, now a contributor to BBC Africa’s Letter from Africa. He reflects on his memories of that time, and Hartisheik refugee camp, to which he returned in 2019. David Amanor has left the...

Duration:00:17:51

Ten years after Tahrir Square

1/22/2021
It has been 10 years since the Egyptian revolution, which forced President Hosni Mubarak from office. But what has happened since? And are the people who were involved in the revolution satisfied with the ways in which the country has changed? Hanan Razek and Reem Fatthelbab of BBC Arabic have been speaking to former protesters to hear their reflections. Nepal’s K2 heroes Nepal is celebrating the success of a team of Nepalese climbers who have become the first to reach the summit of...

Duration:00:24:25

Beirut port blast: five months on

1/15/2021
On 4th August last year 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate blew up in a Beirut port warehouse. The explosion killed 200 people, injured thousands, and destroyed the port. Last month the public enquiry into the blast charged four politicians with negligence, including Prime Minister Hassan Diab. BBC Arabic’s Carine Torbey got an exclusive interview with him. Cuba’s “sovereign” vaccine Cuba has entered a new partnership with Iran to trial a new coronavirus vaccine. Its high hopes are summed up...

Duration:00:24:14

The abandoned Iraqi interpreters

1/8/2021
Iraqis who worked as interpreters for British and US forces knew that their work was dangerous, but many did it from a sense of patriotism. But as coalition forces withdraw, many interpreters feel increasingly vulnerable to militias who see them as traitors. Nafiseh Kohnavard of BBC Persian recently met some interpreters in Baghdad to find out about their worries. Chittagong's disappearing streams In the Chittagong Hill Tracts of south-east Bangladesh, local people rely on forest streams for...

Duration:00:24:30

Vaccines, violence and forests

1/1/2021
We look forward to 2021 from the very different perspectives of three continental giants – China, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo. BBC Chinese editor Howard Zhang, Ricardo Senra of BBC Brasil and BBC Africa’s Emery Makumeno tell us what their focus will be in 2021, and suggest some New Year’s resolutions for their countries.

Duration:00:23:04

Memorable journeys of 2020

12/25/2020
Three journalists share stories of travels undertaken in the year of the pandemic. BBC Delhi's Neha Sharma went to Indian-administered Kashmir, a year after it was stripped of autonomy; Victoria Uwonkunda of BBC Africa covered the US election, finding voters from the African diaspora; and Olga Ivshina of BBC Russian went to Azerbaijan to meet families affected by the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Image: Olga Ivshina in Azerbaijan Credit: BBC

Duration:00:24:53

'Milk siblings' and Islam

12/18/2020
Margarita Rodriguez of BBC Mundo recently published a story about Islamic milk kinship, or milk siblings. It refers to the relationship between children from different mothers who are breastfed by the same woman. It brings with it a special bond, but also prohibitions. Living and working with Covid-19 The perks and pressures of working through a pandemic, with Beatriz de la Pava from BBC Minute’s Spanish team, BBC Russian’s Grigor Atanesian, Issariya Praithongyaem from BBC Thai, BBC Uzbek’s...

Duration:00:25:20

A small election in North Macedonia

12/11/2020
North Macedonia is holding local elections this weekend. The country has been independent for nearly three decades, but it is not unusual for the countries of the former Yugoslavia to be interested in what happens next door. But not generally in small mayoral elections. BBC Serbian reporter Aleksandar Miladinovic explains that he travelled more than 450 kilometres talk to Stip to find out more about one of the candidates, Simon Gajiga. Nepali chef in MasterChef: The Professionals It’s not...

Duration:00:25:24

China’s provocative political artist

12/4/2020
China and Australia are in a diplomatic fight, after the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman posted a fake image of an Australian soldier killing an Afghan child. The artist was Wuheqilin, a self-styled "Wolf Warrior" and "cyber-nationalist" based in Beijing. BBC Chinese editor Howard Zhang tells us more about the controversial artist fighting China's corner. In praise of Mborokhé Seydina Alioune Djigo, who’s based at BBC Dakar, has put his journalistic neutrality on the line to nominate his...

Duration:00:24:21

The self-styled prophet of Siberia

11/27/2020
In September FSB soldiers descended in helicopters on a remote Siberian village to arrest a religious leader, Vissarion. They arrived with guns, but were welcomed by his followers, who don't believe in conflict. BBC Russian journalist Nataliya Zotova travelled to deep into the forests of Krasnoyarsk Territory to meet followers of the Church of the Last Testament and find out more. Thailand's "CIA" food hawkers Thailand's pro-democracy protests have sprung up all over Bangkok, but in every...

Duration:00:25:20