In Mahachai, an industrial zone south of Bangkok, half a million Burmese people work in the fishing industry. But most have no papers and make easy pickings for organised crime. Held against their will and forced to work at sea for months on end, they are treated cruelly by their captors. France 24’s Cyril Payen brings you an investigation into this new form of human slavery.
His critics accuse him of being authoritarian, distant and calculating. But is that a true representation of Paul Kagame? France 24 was given exclusive access to the Rwandan President for one week and allowed to film as he went about his day to day routine.
In Spain, a group of entrepreneurs are beating the recession. One of their strengths is to overcome the obstacles the economic crisis has put in their way. Chinese entrepreneurs have moved in and begun the process of creating jobs. Today one in every four new businesses in Spain is Chinese. France 24's correspondent Adeline Percept has found these entrepreneurs have been able to see opportunities where others can only see problems.
In this report we head to the Iraqi city of Najaf. 160km south of Baghdad, it’s Shia Islam’s third holy city after Mecca and Medina. France 24 toured the Hawza, the city’s theological school, where scholars spend up to 25 years immersed in Shia theology. They witnessed an institution that is shining once more, following the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Report by Karim Hakiki, Amar Al Hameedawi
Oil wells, water supplies, border checks and illegal alien smuggling… Deep in southern Libya, the Tubus are masters of all they survey. Marginalized under Gaddafi, the Tubus helped bring him down. Now their plight is battling with neighboring Arab tribes to maintain control in the region. Their violent clashes have already claimed hundreds of lives. On the eve of elections, the situation is still a powder keg.