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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 : 2012-10-02

Corruption in Burma, Korans for peace in the UK, 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: Burma

We begin today in Burma. The country is moving steadily toward greater democracy, with the blessing of the country's former military rulers. Just look at former prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi's recent visits abroad... But Burma still has a long way to go. In Transparency International's ranking of corruption in 182 countries, Burma is the third worst.

Here's our Observer in Rangoon, who we call Ko Lin.

 

Story 2: United Kingdom

Next up, more reaction from the Muslim world to the US-made film - or film trailer - "Innocence of Muslims". Now I'm not talking about 'Muslim rage' - that's what the American magazine Newsweek calls it - the images of angry men in beards burning American flags. I'm talking about other Muslims around the world, who thought the film was stupid and insulting, but had a different response. Here's Naif Sheikh, in London.

 

Story 3: World

Now for our weekly roundup of images and stories sent in by our Observers.

First stop, Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known for its gorillas and chimps. Director Emmanuel de Mérode tells us the animals are getting more and more dangerous for humans. There have been attacks in villages in the region - sometimes deadly. In June a group of chimps killed a baby girl who was strapped to her mother's back. The root problem, Emmanuel says, is man. We cut down trees to build houses, pushing the apes out of their habitat - and into contact with humans.

Another game park now... this time Kruger, in South Africa, with William Mabasa.

The park is asking traditional healers to help protect its rhinos. More than 400 South African rhinos have been killed by poachers this year. At Kruger, the healers, known as sangoma, pray to their ancestors to curse the poachers. It's hard to say whether it's having an effect, William says, but the hope is it will at least make some poachers think twice before killing a rhino.

Our last stop today is Aracaju, in northeastern Brazil. The city has erected a five-metre-high statue to its heroes. They're not soldiers, or politicians... but the men and women who collect the city's garbage. A rare tribute to a profession that was once insulted by a well-known TV presenter as being at the bottom rung of society.
 

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