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Disappointment in Kenyatta's backyard after Supreme Court ruling

In President Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard in central Kenya, there is a lot of anger and disappointment since the verdict of the Supreme Court. At the beginning of the month, the judges cancelled Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection, because of "illegalities and irregularities" in the transmission of results. For the opposition supporters, it is a huge victory, and a new hope to see their candidate, the veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, enter the presidency. But in Gatundu, Uhuru Kenyatta’s...

Duration: 00:05:22

Peruvian photographer Angela Ponce Romero wins Humanitarian Visa d’Or award

Angela Ponce Romero, a Peruvian photographer from Lima, was presented with the International Committee of the Red Cross award at the Visa pour l’Image photojournalism event in Perpignan this month. The town of Ayacucho in Peru is at the forefront of seeking redress for forced disappearances, summary executions and abuse carried out during the civil war between the government and the Shining Path Guerilla in the 1980s. Photographer Angela Ponce Romero tells the story of the townsfolk’s...

Duration: 00:03:29

Gaza's reconciliation ladies

In Gaza the use of reconciliation ladies, who mediate family differences, regardless of religion, has spread in the past five years. Olfat Anbar, known as Um Rashid, (Mother of Rashid), is one. She has intervened in family situations, mainly divorces, which have risen across Gaza. Rami Almeghari has this report.

Duration: 00:04:00

Assessing the impact of Sierra Leone's mudslides on UK diaspora Pt 2

Three weeks ago Sierra Leone experienced catastrophic floods and mudslides which left some 1,000 people missing and dead. Last month’s mudslides were the worst natural disaster ever to hit Sierra Leone, and one of West Africa's worst tragedies in recent times, with deforestation one of the leading factors of flooding and mudslides. Britain’s Sierra Leone diaspora is one of the largest in Europe. In London, on the grounds of St. John’s Church in Stratford, the Sierra Leonean community...

Duration: 00:04:11

Assessing the impact of Sierra Leone's mudslides on UK diaspora Pt 1

Three weeks ago Sierra Leone’s catastrophic mudslides left some 1,000 people dead and missing. As the West African state grapples with the aftermath of the natural catastrophe, British Sierra Leoneans speak about their shock This is the first of a two part report by Filip Warwick.

Duration: 00:04:25

Fighting Paris air pollution with microalgae

There's a new way to fight urban air pollution using the process of photosynthesis. A display column installed in a busy part of Paris is converting the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into oxygen using microalgae. RFI's Dhananjay Khadilkar has this report.

Duration: 00:05:24

African dance school under threat in Senegal

L’Ecole des Sables is an internationally renowned dance school located some 50 kilometres outside Dakar. The school’s been a stepping stone and launched the career of hundreds of dancers over the last 2 decades. But a shortfall in subsidies and funding could force it to close. RFI's correspondent Emmanuelle Landais reports from Dakar.

Duration: 00:03:34

Families desperate for news of Ukraine's disappeared

30 August is designated International Day of the Disappeared by the United Nations and other NGOs. 'Disappeared people' are people who are kidnapped or killed and whose families are not told what has happened to them. This is the case for hundreds of people in the Ukraine, where the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is trying to help people find out what's happened to their loved ones. Filip Warwick reports from the city of Slovyansk, about 600 kilometres east of the...

Duration: 00:05:10

Tourists flock to Israeli counterrorism boot camp

A controversial counterterrorism boot camp in the West Bank is attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. Former commandos from the Israeli army reserve are showing them how to take down an attacker and to shoot with a rifle. The military training takes place in the Gush Etzion settlement, located in the Palestinian territories… which has been illegally occupied by Israel for 50 years, under international law. An NGO is accusing the private company of profiting out of the...

Duration: 00:04:46

Tango World Championships come to Buenos Aires

Earlier this week, Argentina hosted the final of the world’s Tango competition. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the Tango dance and every year hundreds of amateur and professional dancers come to compete for the prize, over the course of a week. Our correspondent in Buenos Aires, Aude Villiers-Moriamé, went along.

Duration: 00:04:04

South Sudan runs out of fuel

In South Sudan, gas stations across the country are running out of fuel. Imports have slowed down because roads to east Africa are either blocked or frequently attacked. On top of this, the fuel import business has become difficult with inflation at about 800 percent. As a result, many fuel traders have simply given up importing. In recent months, some public buses and motorbike taxies in the capital Juba have stopped operating. Now businesses are also beginning to be affected across South...

Duration: 00:03:22

Central African refugees living in southern Chad and making a difference in their community

Life is difficult for Central African refugees and returnees living in refugee camps in southern Chad, but some people manage to find their way-- and help their fellow Central Africans as well. RFI's Laura Angela Bagnetto speaks to three people who have made a difference, helping themselves and their communities.

Duration: 00:04:57

CAR refugees and Chadian locals have access to health clinics, but not medication

The Chadian government, working with the United Nations and various aid agencies, are trying to provide healthcare to the Central African Republic refugees, returnees, and the local population in southern Chad. Typical ailments include malaria, flu, and diarrhea. Health care workers are available for everyone, but medication is in scarce supply. RFI's Laura Angela Bagnetto looks at how healthcare--or lack of thereof-- is a problem in the eight refugee camps dotting the border of Chad:

Duration: 00:04:05

CAR refugees and returnees in Chad suffer on one meal a day

Central African returnees and refugees living in southern Chad are trying to scrape by on one meal a day to feed their families, but are suffering in the process. They say that they have been forgotten by the international donor community, but the World Food Program has such limited resources due to lack of funding. RFI's Laura Angela Bagnetto looks at the issue of food-- a constant worry in the refugee camps-- especially when you feel like you are ignored by the international community.

Duration: 00:04:42

While fleeing the Central African Republic, some get caught up in the violence

Central Africans fleeing the violence sometimes get caught up in it. Ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka militias abduct, rape, steal and kill people trying to get across the border to the safety of Chad. RFI's Laura Angela Bagnetto reports from Diba1 and Diba2 refugee sites in southern Chad .

Duration: 00:04:04

Central African refugees deal with many more issues than just food and shelter

Life is hard for the 147,000 Central African refugees who have crossed the border in to southern Chad-- in addition to food, shelter, and sanitation, there are other perils that refugees have to deal with daily. Some are returnees are originally from Chad, others are from the Central African Republic. The most recent fled in early August, while others came across the border in 2003. No matter what time they came, refugees in southern Chad are grappling with a myriad of issues. RFI's Laura...

Duration: 00:04:35

Prison safety concerns in England and Wales

Last year in the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II ordered what was to be the largest reform of the country’s penal system since the Victorian era. The level of violence, the numbers of deaths and suicides, incidents of self-harm and drug taking among English and Welsh prisoners had reached crisis levels. But that was before the Brexit referendum, and all talk of reforming the country’s prisons has since been shelved. Meanwhile, in the country’s overcrowded prisons, newly published...

Duration: 00:05:02

When Venezuela no longer feels like home

Venezuela's opposition movement has announced a 2-day general strike for this week. It is just the latest move to pressure the government of president Nicolas Maduro. As the political and economic crisis continues, some families are choosing to flee and seek better conditions in other parts of South America. No fewer than 11,000 Venezuelans emigrated to Argentina last year. Most of them settle in the capital Buenos Aires where they try to recreate the life they left behind in Venezuela....

Duration: 00:03:57

Dutch company Hemelswater makes beer using rainwater

A little bit of rain never hurt anybody, but what happens if you have too much? People in the Netherlands have been pondering this question for years. Now one group of entrepreneurs in Amsterdam have taken the city's frequent rainfalls and turned them into a boozy business opportunity, which satisfies people's taste buds and the environment. Hemelswater - that's "heavenly water" in Dutch - is a beer company that makes beer using, you guessed it, rainwater. But it turns out making beer is...

Duration: 00:04:10

Costco opens first store in France

France is famous for its corner bakeries, neighborhood butchers and independently owned markets. But thirty kilometres outside of Paris, the future of this traditional style of shopping is being put to the test with the opening of the American wholesale supermarket Costco. Ryan Thompson has this report.

Duration: 00:04:14

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