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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 : 2011-04-13

This week: Abidjan under siege, the revolt of Syrian Kurds, and Senegalese kite-boats

This week, our Observers bring us to the Ivory Coast, where Abidjan residents live in fear of looting. Then to Syria, where the Kurdish minority is up in arms. Finally, to Senegal, where a new invention is being tested in Dakar ports: kite-boats.

Presentation: Derek Thomson. Editorial team: Julien Pain, Lorena Galliot, Ségolène Malterre, Sarra Grira, Peggy Bruguière.

STORY 1: IVORY COAST

We begin today in Ivory Coast, in the commercial capital Abidjan. When forces loyal to the elected president Alassane Ouattara, entered the city, residents found themselves stranded in their homes. Our Observers – Ivorians and expatriates – told us they were afraid to go outside.

Observer: Yves, a Frenchman who’s lived in Abidjan for 5 years.

STORY 2: SYRIA

Now to Syria, where there’ve been weeks of protests against the government of Bashar al-Assad. The Kurdish region, in the north has been relatively quiet. Syria’s Kurds have long complained of discrimination by the regime. But the Kurds hesitated before joining the protests.

Observer: Khaled Jamil Mohamed, in Qamishli, in northern Syria.

STORY 3: SENEGAL

Our last Observer today is a maths teacher and inventor. He created the “Volanz”, a kite designed for emergency use by small boats when they run out of fuel. He took his invention to Senegal, where he grew up. And the fishermen there are putting it to good use on their dugout canoes.

Observer: Stéphane Blanco, on the beaches around Dakar.

 

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2016-11-26 Greece

A racist attack in South Africa is exploited by political parties, and migrants describe the appalling conditions of camps in Greece

A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris.

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2016-11-19 Togo

Armed militia hunts down migrants on Bulgarian border and an inventor in Togo builds a 3D printer from electronic waste

In this week's show, we investigate the armed nationalist militia stalking the Bulgarian border and 'hunting' groups of desperate migrants. Then to Togo to meet an ingenious...

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2016-11-12 Iran

US rapper takes on sexual harasser, and Iranians use king's anniversary to protest

A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris.

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2016-10-29 Haiti

How Haitian migrants are undertaking a Latin American odyssey to reach the US, and meet the Malian techie digitalizing ancestral traditions

We take a look on the new migration route that Haitians are taking to reach the United States: a winding, perilous odyssey that leads them through up to a dozen Latin American...

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2016-10-22 Ghana

The attack of the magpies in Australia and viral videos of the Ghanaian presidential election

This week, our Observers start by telling us the terrifying story of the magpies that are attacking cyclists in Australia. Then, we take a look at the surprising images of the...

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