Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Philippines: Has Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ gone too far?

Read more

FOCUS

America's future strategy in Southeast Asia? Local US allies keen for answers

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Ukraine's illegal mafia-run amber mining; and the street art being destroyed by authorities in Brazil

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Anti-immigrant protests erupt in South African capital

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

White House silence over Kansas bar shooting angers India

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Oscars: Not so white anymore, but very political

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Mobile World Congress opens in Barcelona

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump: ‘Fake news’ and unnamed sources

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump administration, Turkey crackdown, French presidential race (part 2)

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

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 : 2012-08-29

Syrian rebels make their own weapons, Tunisian extremists attack cultural events, 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: SYRIA

The Syrian army, with its tanks, planes, and helicopters, is much better equipped than the rebels it’s fighting. The rebel army is finding it difficult to smuggle in enough arms from outside the country. However, it has a new tactic: the rebels have learned to make weapons themselves!

These may be rudimentary, but - according to one of our Observers - they get the job done. Abu Khaled al Homsi tells us how…

 

Story 2: TUNISIA

In the space of just ten days, three separate cultural events were interrupted by Islamist extremists in Tunisia – some, quite violently.

Our Observer was attacked just before the start of an evening dedicated to the arts in the northwestern city of Bizerte. A group of Salafists - who belong to a movement within Sunni Islam – were protesting the event. They were angry about the presence of a member of the Palestine Liberation Front, whom they accused of being part of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon. Our Observer Imed Sfaxi tells how the evening was spoiled by these extremists.

Police say the incident in Bizerte, where our Observer was attacked, involved about 200 people linked to the Salafist movement. Five of the assailants were arrested.

 

Story 3: WORLD

Now, on to the best images sent in this week from around the world by our Observers.


We first head to the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The city has been virtually cut off from the rest of the country by rebels from an armed group called the M23. For now, the Congolese army has been able to keep the rebels away from Goma – but our Observer Charly Kasekara tells us the city’s economy is suffering terribly from this situation. Indeed, the rebels are imposing huge taxes on the trucks that bring food to the city, causing prices to soar. Basic food staples like green beans have doubled in price. Our Observer is afraid that Goma’s residents may soon go hungry.


Now on to Senegal… Like every year, the capital has been hit by severe floods. On August 14, heavy rains hit Dakar, killing seven people and causing widespread damage. Several of the city’s suburbs were completely submerged. In these photos, a resident of the neighbourhood of Ouest Foire is forced to swim down the street…


Lastly we head to New York City, where a church has taken to buying people’s guns, to try to curb crime in Queens. In August, the New Jerusalem Baptist church held a buy-back event where it paid up to 200 dollars for various firearms - no questions asked. The church then turned them over to the New York City police department. The police said the church gave them 509 firearms – including an AK-47!
 

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-02-25 Brazil

Ukraine's illegal mafia-run amber mining; and the street art being destroyed by authorities in Brazil

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.

Read more

2017-02-18 Chile

Prison guards turn guns on prisoners in Chile, and thousands of migrants stuck in smoky warehouses in Serbia

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.

Read more

2017-02-11 Guinea Conakry

Exclusive footage of horrific jail conditions in Cameroon, and 'waste-selfies' encourage Guinean govt to clean up their act

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.

Read more

2017-01-28 India

India's controversial bull-taming sport Jallikattu, and a clean-up operation on a Brazilian beach

A traditional bull-taming sport causes controversy in India, locals band together to clean up a beach in Rio de Janeiro, and Egyptian cartoonists strike a little too close to the...

Read more

2017-01-21 Cameroon

Pollution threatens island paradise of Mauritius, and one Cameroonian expat's quest to bring safe drinking water to his country

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.

Read more