Poop, radio & inspiration in a Nairobi slum
This week on The Debrief, Al Jazeera’s Hassan Ghani goes to Kibera to find stories that take us beyond the miserable stats and hardship of life in poverty - a young man bringing toilets to the slum, a mother going to school to ensure a better life for her kids, and a radio DJ who gives a voice to Kibera’s voiceless. While you’re listening, check out this satellite view of Kibera to see how densely populated it is. https://goo.gl/maps/7qW7XCYmMmG2 On the show: Al Jazeera journalist Hassan...
Manal Tamimi wears many hats: mother, activist and a Palestinian resisting occupation, alongside her children. For her, these roles are inseparable because she’s part of a family that has become known for their protests in the village of Nabi Saleh. How does she find normalcy for herself and her children amidst the chaos? On the show: Al Jazeera journalist Hyojin Park, who visited Manal in Nabi Saleh. Our host is Jasmin Bauomy. Follow them on Twitter: @HyojinParkh and @jasminbauomy The...
India's motorcycle ambulance
When Karimul Haque's mother died because she couldn't get to a hospital, he swore no one else in his village of Dhalabari, in India's West bengal state, would suffer the same fate. For the last 26 years, he's used his motorcycle as an ambulance and has saved more than 4,000 lives. People call him 'Ambulance Dada'. On the show: Al Jazeera journalist Priyanka Gupta, who visited Dhalabari. Our host is Mohsin Ali. Follow them on Twitter: @PriyankagIND and @mohsin. Ambulance Dada is part of AJ...
Greek gym mixes Muay Thai and anti-fascism
Greeks firmly believe that your politics is and must be present in all aspects of life. That’s how the White Tiger Muay Thai camp was born four years ago. It’s a place where trainees get taught martial arts, but also one where their anarchist and anti-authoritarian beliefs are welcome and fostered. This week we’re taking you on a trip to Athens. To be more precise we’re going to Exarchia, the pinnacle of Greek leftist politics and discuss the idea that people are not only willing, but...
Rape and peacekeeping in a forgotten corner of Africa
UN peacekeepers are sent to the most war-ravaged countries on Earth, ostensibly to help them transition to peace. But some soldiers stand accused of committing crimes against the very people they are supposed to protect. We take you on a harrowing journey to the Central African Republic, where you’ll learn about the effects rape and exploitation at the hands of UN peacekeepers, and about how victims are often left defenseless. On the show: Al Jazeera journalist Azad Essa, who authored an...
Reporting the Rohingya refugee crisis
Myanmar's military crackdown on the country's Rohingya has resulted in the killing of more than 400 men, women and children and has driven hundreds of thousands out of the country. More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees are now in Bangladeshi refugee camps. Of them, more than half are in unregistered camps, where food, shelter, drinking water and sanitation are a luxury. Their stories are dark enough to break down even the most seasoned journalists. “No pictures, no videos, no writings can...
How fake news almost destroyed two Kenyan tribes
Rumours made two tribes go to war in rural Kenya, until they learned the facts. In August of 2012, two major tribes in Kenya’s Tana River District took part in some of the worst ethnic clashes in the country’s history. The Orma, nomadic cattle-herders, and their farming neighbours, the Pokomo, have a history of fighting over water and grazing rights, but this time it was different. Fake news and rumours incited the tribes to attack each other viciously, leaving 118 people dead and 13,500...
One Iraqi father's search for his son
An Iraqi ex-intelligence officer turned refugee tries to find his missing son. It's been two years since Jamal's youngest son vanished without a trace. Equipped with the skills he gained from Saddam Hussein's secret service, Jamal is reconstructing his son's last known steps, taken during the height of the refugee crisis, when his boat sank into the Aegean Sea. We join Jamal on his search for Bakeer - the journey takes him from Turkey to Greece, but key information is shrouded in...
Venezuela: No Money, Mo’ Problems
Venezuela used to be the richest country in Latin America, sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves. Yet Venezuelans are scrambling for money, food and basic necessities. More than 100 people were killed in protests since April last year. In this episode of The Debrief, we ask: Where did all the money go, and how did Venezuela come to where it is today? Our senior correspondent Lucia Newman has been covering Venezuela for years. She tells us what she’s seeing on the ground and what...