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Latest update : 2013-10-01

The plight of Syrian refugees in Egypt, jihadist primary schools, 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: Egypt

We begin today with refugees from the war in Syria. More than two million Syrians have now fled the country. Many of them went to Egypt, which welcomed them with open arms - the country's islamist government openly supported the rebellion in Syria. But that government is gone - thrown out in a military coup - and the Syrians are finding they are no longer welcome in Egypt. They've become ollateral damage in the army's repression of the Muslim Brotherhood. Many of the Syrians are now trying to flee again - this time to Europe. Our Observer Nader Attar works with refugees in Alexandria.


The Egyptian authorities acknowledge that the refugees on the boat were hit by gunfire from the coast guard. They say it was an accident.

 

Story 2: Syria

Back in Syria, life goes on for the people who don't have the money or connections to get out. Part of that is sending children to school. Many schools have been bombed or looted or burned, so the rebels fighting Bashar Al Assad have stepped in, opening their own schools. But it's the Islamist rebels doing it, meaning the schools teach their brand of violent jihad. Our Observer Jaouad is from Deraa in the south. He does not want these schools in his country.

 

Story 3: World


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


First stop Burkina Faso, in west Africa, the country's second-biggest city, Bobo-Dioulasso. Our Observer Souleymane has an unusual job - he's a grinder of yams. In Burkina Faso, anything to do with cooking or housekeeping is traditionally for women, not men. Souleymane says that even if other men are skeptical, he wouldn't change his job for anything. His choice could be an example for other men in Burkina Faso. The unemployment rate is twice as high for men as it is for women.

 
Now west to Ivory Coast, in the capital ,Yamoussoukro. Our observer Fofana sent us this video of a motorcycle race right in the city center. It was organised unofficially, meaning no rules, no regulations, no safety barriers... and most of the competitors roaring around the track with no protective body armour. Fortunately, nothing went wrong this time. But Fofana wants make sure such races are regulated - and quickly.

Last stop today, Acapulco in Mexico, and a crocodile in the streets. It happened during flooding from twin storms Ingrid et Manuel. The crocodile and 50 of his friends escaped from a reserve in Laguna Negra. This one was subdued by brave local residents; no word on the 49 others.

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