The Observers

Saudi woman stands up to religious police; fleeing violence in Central Africa; and more

3 min

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..

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