50 years after the U.S. military intervention in the Vietnam War, the weapons it used continue to harm the local population. Unexploded mines still take lives and the consequences of “Agent Orange” claim new victims.
Cambodia, with its cheap labour, is an attractive place for many international fashion brands to manufacture their clothes. However, low production prices are often only achieved by violating workers’ rights. Most women working in clothes factories are fired as soon as they get pregnant.
In Vietnam, Phuc Tong made a cemetery for unborn babies. His country, where poverty and social stigma push women to terminate unplanned pregnancies, has the highest abortion rate in Asia. He has dedicated his life to helping young mothers and their babies. He offers shelter and tries to convince women to keep their children, even if that means raising them himself.
RT Doc visits Angeles City in the Philippines, an infamous and popular sex tourism destination. The city is home to many children conceived by foreign holiday makers who took what they wanted and left offspring in their wake.
China was the first country to recognise internet addiction as a clinical disorder. It has hundreds of rehab camps where concerned parents can send their web-dependent kids, who don’t always go willingly. The path to recovery isn’t easy but it is most effective, if the parents walk it with them.
Paracale in the Philippines’ is also known as “Goldtown”. RTD visits its illegal goldmines where child labour is rife and health and safety virtually non-existent. To extract gold, miners dive into a mud-filled shaft, sometimes never to come back.
Meet China’s 'makers': inventors, engineers and visionaries whose innovations have the potential to shape the future of their country and the whole world. They let their imaginations fly and have fun with their creativity, making the process of building a business seem easy.
A group of journalists travel across China, following the famous and ancient old Silk Road to witness the trading link’s revival. The route that originated in this country once connected Europe to Asia. Now, under the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, the Chinese government is seeking to recreate a modern-day “New Silk Road”. Key industrial centres are undergoing an economic boom and major megacities, and their residents are seizing the opportunity to develop new business and contribute to the cause.
The schoolgirls of Shaolin Epo Wushu College have little time to play with dolls. In their boarding school, they live by a tight schedule and strict discipline. Every day they train to fight with knives and swords. Living a Spartan lifestyle, they work hard to make their teachers and their country proud but only students who pass the exams are allowed to continue their education.
Students from the country's most prestigious academic institute, coincidentally Kim Il Sung's University, dance on mass in the open air on Star Day to mark the great leader Kim Jong Il's birthday. Dozens take part and rehearsals begin weeks in advance and they practice after class every day. Young ladies are required to appear in national dress while their partners wear formal trousers and jacket.
Every morning propaganda teams work in the streets of Pyongyang. They accompany city residents to their workplaces, aiming to raise morale and revive spirits. As a rule, the teams consist of housewives. Every morning the Inminban chairperson, the district’s senior propagandist, gathers the women and they organise two-hour performances with flags and drums in various districts of the city.
Compressor mining is a highly dangerous activity in which miners dive 30 feet underwater using only a plastic tube to breathe. Some stuff their ears with cotton and wear masks to protect their eyes. When they reach the bottom of the pit they dig out the earth and place it into rice sacks, which are hoisted to the surface for sifting. Divers get paid twice the amount of other workers.
The parade celebrating 105 years since Kim Il Sung’s birth is the most large-scale of late. It was the first parade to feature new types of troops - special tactical units. They are North Korean special forces whose business is to combat foreign infiltrators. The soldiers are equipped with new grenade launchers. In front of a hundred foreign journalists, new ballistic missiles able to carry nuclear weapons were paraded across Kim Il Sung Square. The main novelty and pride first shown to the public are the Pukkuksong-2 missiles, which can be launched from submarines. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has announced it will continue development in this field. Soon, North Korean missiles will be able to reach the USA’s western coast.
Explore the Philippines’ deadly underwater gold mines. Here, locals dive 30 feet deep into muddy water in the hope of finding gold so they can feed their families. Our crew visited the gold town of Paracale in the coastal province of Camarines Nortes to find out how it works.
Paracalenos celebrate their mayor’s birthday with a beach cleanup operation. Their hope is to attract more tourists in their quest to find alternative sources of income to gold mining. Mayor Lourdes Villamonte Briguera aka ‘Mayor Baby’ is urging other officials to help find a way out for her constituents who depend solely on the gold trade, be it legal or illegal.
The earth is panned for gold on the surface. The process involves rotating a pan until the gold sinks to the bottom – one of the cheapest and easiest ways of extracting gold. Kids often start work by helping out in the panning areas before moving on to diving.