The Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Western Africa has been one of Russia's fishing grounds for decades. But these fish-rich waters also draw a lot of international competition, which gets fiercer every year as the number of fish dwindle, and can often cross the line of being legal.
E-waste, the term given to discarded electronic appliances, is often shipped by developed nations to poorer countries such as Ghana. RTD visits the country's most infamous dumping ground, Agbogbloshie. Locals call it “Sodom and Gomorrah” after the infamous Biblical sin cities. Its air and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals, while extreme poverty, child labour and criminal gangs are also rife.
“La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have on designer clothes. Dressing in stark contrast with their surroundings, these elegant ambiance-makers become true local celebrities… but this fame comes at a price.
Tiny Migingo is one of the most densely populated islands in the world. In the middle of Lake Victoria, it’s home to Ugandan and Kenyan fishermen and their families. RT Doc’s Peter Scott paid a visit to find out how more than a thousand people live on a rock half the size of a football pitch.
On the shores of Lake Turkana lives the smallest of Kenya’s tribes – the El Molo. Skilled fishermen and hunters, they preserve their traditional, simple way of life. For centuries, this self-sufficient society lived in total isolation, but their shrinking numbers eventually forced them to allow marriages with members of neighbouring tribes.
The Dogon, an isolated tribe in West Africa, still maintain their ancient and unique belief system. They have no written language: their myths and legends have been passed down through the generations by oral tradition. For centuries, they insisted their ancestors came to Earth from a faraway star, but it was only in 1862 that scientists discovered Sirius B, the star the Dogon people call home.
The Dogon people, who call themselves “the children of the pale fox”, live on Mali's Bandiagara plateau, a UNESCO world heritage site. Their tribe was discovered by accident only in 1930. Centuries of isolation from the outside world have allowed them to preserve their unique rituals, lifestyle, and social order.
The famous salt caravan makes its way from Djibouti to Ethiopia through the hottest place in the world: the Danakil Desert in East Africa. This journey goes back to biblical times, as the salt trade has always played an important role in the economy of the region. The salt itself is mined at Lake Asal, a body of water that boasts higher salinity than the Dead Sea.
A prominent politician turns traveller: in this new film cycle, Sergey Yastrzhembsky strays off the beaten path to explore traditional ways of life in tribes and small societies across Africa, Europe and South America. Join him as he discovers fascinating myths and legends, ancient traditions, and unique lifestyles of people in faraway lands. On this occasion, he visits the Republic of Djibouti and finds out about the surprising connections that link this Red Sea port with Russia.
Pastor and pilgrim Gennady Mokhnenko - a foster father of 32 former street boys, travels to Africa to sponsor a 33rd son, a boy from the streets of Kenya. He brings along three of his foster sons and a team of volunteers. They work in orphanages and hospitals, bring money to provide medications, food and clothes in their mission to help Kenyan street kids and orphans in their day-to-day struggles. RT’s camera crew follows them in Kenya to hear about their experiences in this troubled part of the world.
From a very young age girls in Mauritania are put on a strict diet. Its intention is to help them achieve a certain standard of beauty to ensure that they can find a good husband. The reality of this means force-feeding. Leblouh, as the tradition is called, may be fading away in the cities but it’s very much alive in rural areas. This variety of beauty though comes at a price, the diet can be very dangerous.
A bloody civil war broke out in the Central African Republic, leading to the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians. Orphaned children were recruited by both sides of the conflict. They were taught to fight, drugged and thrown into battle. Child soldiers have seen unimaginable horrors and been forced to kill. After a ceasefire was declared in May 2015, the rehabilitation process began for many of these kids, but after all they’ve been through, they and their mentors face challenging times.
The Maasai tribe in Kenya proved a very welcoming host for professional traveller and photographer, Olga Michi. During her time in Africa, she stayed with them to learn about and photograph, their way of life. She later invited a few members of the tribe to go with her to snow-shrouded Moscow, a world they could never have imagined.
Refugee camp Dar Es Salam in Chad is a safe haven for thousands of Nigerians fleeing violent attacks by Boko Haram. This militant religious group has been wreaking havoc in Nigeria, destroying whole villages and killing indiscriminately. Those who escaped the terror are looking forward to rebuilding their lives, when a few camp newcomers bring fear and anxiety to this peaceful place.