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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2010-11-09

Tsunami on the Mentawai archipelago, floods in Benin and bloody festival in Thailand.

This week, our Observers take us to Indonesia, where a tsunami hit the Mentawai archipelago. Then to Benin, which has suffered devastating floods. Finally to Thai island of Phuket,home to the bloody 'Vegetarian Festival'.

Presentation : Derek Thomson.  Editorial Team : Lorena Galliot, Sarra Grira, Paul Larrouturou, Ségolène Malterre.

STORY 1 : MENTAWAI ARCHIPELAGO

We begin today in Indonesia at a surf resort that's normally home to one of the best surfing waves in the world. But on October 26, the resort was hit by a tsunami. Our Observer was afraid for his life.

Observer : Sebastian Carvallo in Australia.

STORY 2 : BENIN

Our next Observer lives in Benin, in West Africa, which has been suffering from widespread flooding. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected.

Observer:  Wilfryd Hehou in Cotonou, Benin's biggest city.

STORY 3 : THAILANDE

Finally today, a religious festival celebrated by Taoist devotees in Thailand, as an annual cleansing ritual. It's NOT for the squeamish.

Observer : Jamie, a British expat in Phuket.

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