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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 : 2013-10-28

Saudi woman stands up to religious police; fleeing violence in Central Africa; 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: Central African Republic

Fighting has broken out once again in the Central African Republic, in the west. Thousands of civilians have already fled to the city of Bossangoa. With nowhere else to go, most of them are taking refuge at a Catholic diocese there. The local bishop has sent us photos that show how the grounds of the diocese have turned into a refugee camp.


Story 2: Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, women have to be very careful about what they wear. If too much of their face shows from behind their veil, they can get into trouble with the religious police. But some women are starting to rebel. Our Observer Mohamad Al Saeedi tells us about this Saudi brand of feminism.


Story 3: World

Now, on to some of the most striking images sent in this week from around the world by our Observers.

First stop, the city of Taiz, in Yemen. This is a high school courtyard. But these students aren’t doing gymnastics… they’re being beaten, one after the other, by one of their teachers -simply because they were late to class. For our Observer, who witnessed this scene, this treatment is humiliating, and should not be allowed. After seeing the video, the principal temporarily suspended the teacher.

Now on to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Passersby noticed that this building seemed to be trembling. Then, all of a sudden…it collapsed.

Our Observer, an engineer in Kinshasa, says the reason it crumbled is quite simple. The foundations were built to support just two stories, but the owner, wanting to make more money, decided to add on two more stories. Proof, if any was needed, that you can’t just decide to become an architect overnight.

Last stop, Syria, and a propaganda video that shows a new type of jihad: “family jihad”. These children, men, and women all belong to the same big family. They decided to leave their home in Kazakhstan and move to Syria, to fight against Bashar Al Assad’s regime. They say they’re ready to die as martyrs - and what’s chilling is that this is not just the adults talking, but the kids, too..



2017-01-14 Burma

Burmese policemen abuse Rohingya in a video, and a Malian is deported from France in handcuffs

A video emerged of Rohingya attacked by Burmese policemen, a Malian was handcuffed on a plane and deported from France, and a controversial new song hit the airwaves in Saudi...

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2016-12-31 Afghanistan

The Best Of 2016 at The Observers

For our last show of 2016, we look back at our favourite Observers from the year. A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers...

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2016-12-27 Burkina Faso

Round-up of migrants in Algeria, and militias in Burkina Faso replace police in crackdown on crime

Random, mass arrests of migrants have been taking place in Algeria; militias in Burkina Faso are replacing the role of police and imposing their own form of justice; and male...

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2016-12-10 Botswana

Painting eyes on cows' behinds and the group of young women fighting harassment in Mexico

A biologist has a funny idea for stopping lions from attacking herds of cows in Botswana, a group of young women walk through the streets of Mexico City armed with a GoPro to...

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2016-11-26 Greece

A racist attack in South Africa is exploited by political parties, and migrants describe the appalling conditions of camps in Greece

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.

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