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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.

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Latest update : 2013-07-23

A divided Aleppo, the child workers of Guinean dumps, 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 biggest city in Syria, Aleppo, is currently split in half – one side is held by the rebels, the other by the army. The rebels have established a blockade to stop goods from reaching the army’s soldiers. That means that the civilians living in the part of the city held by the army are facing severe shortages of food, and other basic goods. To find them, they have to go into the rebel zone, which, as you’ll see, is very risky. Our Observer Mohamed al-Hedi tells us about the city’s most dangerous checkpoint…

 

Story 2: Guinea

More than half of Guinea’s population lives under the poverty line. Some of the poorest families send their children to work in the capital’s garbage dumps - where, of course, hygienic conditions are less than ideal. One of our Observers went to see these children at work.

 

Story 3: World

And now, a look at some of the most striking images sent in from around the world this week by our Observers.

Throwing rocks is a common offence in Hebron, in the West Bank, where tensions run high between Palestinians and Israeli settlers. It’s also rather common for Israeli soldiers to arrest rock-throwers, some of whom can be quite young. But what is rare is for a 5-year-old to be detained. The soldiers went to find his father, who they handcuffed and blindfolded, while the boy watched. The Israeli army says that this was standard procedure, and that the child was not arrested - that he was just handed over to Palestinian police. But our Observer believes no child should be treated this way – whether he’s Israeli or Palestinian, and whether or not he threw a rock.

Next up, Bangkok, where there is a restaurant called “Hitler”… that’s right, as in Adolf Hitler. Our Observer Gautier, who has lived in Thailand for a long time, tells us that in this region, many people don’t know much about the German dictator’s crimes, and so his image is used to sell everything from T-shirts to hamburgers!

We finish today in Egypt, with a video that shows you how to make bulletproof vests ... with soda cans. It does take some time, but it’s cheap. According to these guys, the vests can protect protesters from buckshots, which are commonly used by the Egyptian police.

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