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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 : 2012-06-20

A massacre in DR Congo, clashes between Buddhists and a Muslim group in Burma, and more...

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: DR Congo

We begin today in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the eastern part of the huge country. Hutu rebels are still making trouble there, nearly two decades after the genocide in neighboring Rwanda. They are being blamed for a horrible massacre on the night of the 13th to the 14th of May in a village named Kamananga. Our Observer - who we'll call Patrick - went to the village the next morning, when the houses were still burning.

The UN peacekeepers say that when they got word of the massacre - it was too late.

 

STORY 2: Burma

Now to the other side of the world - Burma. The country has been getting a lot of good press recently - letting Aung San Suu Kyi out of house arrest, and into parliament; halting a controversial Chinese dam in the north...But there are disturbing reports coming out of the country's west of mob violence between Buddhists and members of a Muslim minority.

We hear first from one of our Burmese Observers who managed to get to the region and send us a report by mobile phone. The Rohinjas are the Muslims - the Rakhin, the Buddhists.

Htoo Tay Zar believes the Muslims are responsible for the violence. That's not what our second Observer says. He is a member of the Rohinja minority who lives here in Paris.

 

STORY 3: World

Next up, a look at some of the images sent in this week by our Observers.

First stop, Woodstock, South Africa. It's a suburb of Cape Town that's gotten a new lease on life because of its murals. A local artist has persuaded his comrades to cover the neighborhood with wall art. He's roped in amateurs, too - local grown-ups and kids. The idea was to give Woodstock a makeover so it would be known for something other than its drug dealers. Our Observer Jose Romeu de Abreu lives in Cape Town and took these pictures. He says Woodstock still has its drug dealers - but it also has new offices, cafés and fancy upscale boutiques.

We finish today with a hoax, courtesy of Faria, one of our Observers in Iran. Earlier this month, a rumour made the rounds on Iranian Facebook pages that the soda giant Pepsi was going to use giant lasers to broadcast its logo on the moon. It was supposed to happen on June 5th. Thousands of Iranians went up on their rooftops to take a look, only to be cruelly disappointed. A similar thing happened back in 1979, Faria says - there was a rumor just before Ayatollah Khomeini's return from exile  that his face would appear on the moon. A lot of people insisted they saw it.

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