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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 : 2011-06-15

This week: Refugees in Sudan's Abyei, rebel celebrations in Yemen and an Afghan 'djihad-gangsta'

In this week's show, our Observers tell us about the situation of refugees in the disputed Sudanese region of Abyei. They also celebrate the apparent departure of Yemen leader Ali Abdallah Saleh, and make fun of Afghanistan's 'gansta djihadis'.

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

STORY 1: SUDAN

We begin today in south Sudan... or north Sudan... depending on how you look at it. The two territories are due to split next month, with the Christian south becoming independent from the Muslim north. But with just weeks to go, there's one area they're still fighting over - the border zone of Abyei. The area's rich in oil, and water, which is important for the local cattle farmers. Tens of thousands of people have fled the fighting. The people of Abiyeh are supposed to be holding a referendum on their future, but it's been delayed - indefinitely. We head to Agok, just south of Abyei.

OBSERVER: Laura Heaton for the NGO Enough Project.

STORY 2: YEMEN


Now to Yemen, where protesters have been celebrating the departure of longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh. He went to Saudi Arabia after being wounded in an attack on his compound. His government says he's coming back, but the protesters hope he doesn't. The country's second-biggest city, Taiz has been a center of protests - and repression by Saleh's allies. People there were overjoyed to hear he'd left the country, but had a rude reminder that his allies are still in place.

OBSERVER: Ahmed Abbas Al Basha in Taiz, Yemen.
 

STORY 3: AFGHANISTAN

We head to Afghanistan now... and the work of an American-Afghani artist. He was born in the US, to Afghani parents, but moved to Afghanistan eight years ago, to try to help the country rebuild after years of war. His latest work focuses on corruption ... specifically on the former mujahideen freedom fighters, who he says, have become corrupt fat cats lining their pockets as they run the country. His work has not gone down so well in his new home.


OBSERVER: Amanullah Mojadidi, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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