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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 : 2013-03-05

Sleeping outside to apply for jobs in Senegal, polluted rivers in China, 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: Senegal

We begin today in Senegal, in West Africa. The country's new president Macky Sall has vowed to create 500,000 jobs in five years. That's a huge undertaking in a country where one in two workers is out of work. He's starting with government jobs: 5,500 new positions, mostly in the police and the army. Job-seekers had to travel to the capital to apply, and it wasn't terribly well organized, says our Observer, Amadou.

Story 2: China
Now to China: the rivers of China, and the pollution that's in them. China's amazing economic growth, and the flow of workers from the country to the cities, have not been kind to the nation's rivers. They're often filthy, and too often the authorities turn a blind eye. That has prompted a concerned journalist to ask his fellow citizens for help. Our Observer Lu Haitao has the story.

We liked the journalist's idea, so we're going to copy it and do our own report about water pollution around the world. So if you live near a polluted waterway, take some pictures and send them in!

 

Story 3: World

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

First stop, Saudi Arabia, in the mountains ofthe southwest, with our Observer Faisal al-Zahrani. Faisal's village is facing an unusual problem - an invasion of baboons. The animals seem to have lost their fear of humans and regularly raid the rubbish bins. The residents are fighting back, though, in this case with a trap that emits electric shocks, in an effort to keep the unfortunate apes away.

Now to Goma, in eastern DR Congo. Our Observer Charly Kasareka has had it with the roads in his city. The authorities had promised to pave at least 10 kilometers of road - in a city of a million people. But the work has barely started. People are fed up, and have been staging demonstrations over the issue. They don't want any more promises, Charly says - just smooth roads to drive on.

Last stop, China, with this video of a passenger at the spanking new airport in Kunming, in the south. He's late for his flight because he's gone to get breakfast - and the staff don't let him board. He is not happy, and loses it, smashing everything in sight and yelling "do you know who I am?" Well, they do now. The video was a hit on Tencent Weibo, China's number 2 microblogging site, and the man, a government adviser called Yan Lunkun, has been suspended.

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