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Latest update : 2011-08-15

Videos from inside the Arab Spring revolts, an expat's story from Fukushima, and mysterious trees in Pakistan

This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.

STORY 1 : SYRIA

The Arab Spring revolutions have been a reminder that governments can no longer keep information from getting out to the outside world: it's just impossible. Even if you cut the power to a town, cut the phone lines, block the internet and send in tanks - which is what the Syrians do - it still does not work. Information and images will get out. And the activists who send them do all they can to demonstrate that they are authentic.


We aired this report in May. It was sent by an Observer we will call Omar al Hafsi.
 

STORY 2 : JAPAN

Next up, a report we first aired in April, about a Moroccan businessman who had lived in Japan for years. When the first reports started coming about the country’s damaged nuclear reactors, his first thought was to do what a lot of other expats did – get out. But then he saw a TV report about people living close to the plant who had nowhere else to go. He decided to stay, and help.


We head to Japan for a report from Rachid Elmerini.
 

STORY 3 - PAKISTAN

Much of Pakistan was devastated by flooding last year. Thousands died and millions were left homeless. The country is still trying to get back on track. But therre is one sign - from the natural world - that things are getting back to normal.


We head to the Sindh valley, courtesy of Russell Watkins, who works for Britain's development agency.
 

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