The city of Flint in Michigan, US, has a water crisis. It’s been going on since 2014 when residents were switched to a cheaper supply but it took a year before the authorities admitted there was a problem. As a result, thousands were exposed to lead poisoning, carcinogenic chemicals and legionella bacteria.
This series takes a look inside the walls of a hospice. Its patients are both young and old, and range from pilots to artists. They all have incredible life stories to tell and something to live for. The strength to fight their illnesses is nurtured by the dedicated staff who are always there to help.
They joined the army driven by a desire to serve their country and its people. However, the wars they were sent to made them re-evaluate everything they believed in. Now, US veterans are trying to come to terms with their past and learn how to live among civilians again. It turns out, they’ve no one to rely on but each other.
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.
As Peru’s president in the 1990s, Alberto Fujimori introduced a surgical contraception programme to fight poverty – purportedly on a strictly voluntary basis. However, thousands of indigenous women from Peru’s poorest villages are now coming forward with horror stories describing forced sterilisations.
All across the USA people are rising up against fracking. They don’t believe the process is safe and think it causes wide-scale land contamination. Ever more extraction sites are being approved and developed with new plant being built in once idyllic landscapes.
E-waste (discarded electronic appliances) is often shipped by developed nations to poorer countries such as Ghana. Locals call its most infamous dumping ground, Agbogbloshie, “Sodom and Gomorrah” after the Biblical sin cities. Its air and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals, while child labour and criminal gangs are also rife.
Get up close and personal with some young women confined to wheelchairs, but who haven’t let their disability prevent them from doing what they love. Watch how they learn to waltz on wheels, as they prepare for the now annual ‘Miss Independence’ beauty contest.
Galina is often called the “Ice Maiden”. While everyone else layers up in winter, she walks around in a beach dress and sandals. She insists she is not cold and that freezing temperatures help her stay young and healthy.
Anna, 37, was talked into having a second child by her husband, 14 years after her first one. Now it’s his job to be present at childbirth and support her. Meanwhile, Elena and Pavel are expecting their first baby. Although both nervous, they just can’t stop laughing.