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. Miguel Francis-Santiago investigates what caused the problem, its dire consequences and why they tried to cover it up.
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 Berlin, Peter Oliver is having fun reporting on some of Germany’s more bizarre laws. Meanwhile, Paula Slier leaves Israel, where she covered protests against the bombing of Gaza, for Ukraine in hopes of getting to Donetsk and reporting on the current situation there.
Television behind bars? It’s no joke. It’s a channel created by inmates, for inmates. These jailbirds have dedicated themselves to building their own TV channel to broadcast news and stories of daily life in prison. It’s a unique project that helps them pass the time and deal with the tribulations of prison life.
They've got no home, no hope and no love. Life spat them out of its course and now instead of struggling for a place under the sun they struggle for a roof over their heads and a piece of bread. Some of them have accepted that the rest of their days are going to pass on the streets and some's hopes still linger on of getting back into the groove.
Thabang Motsei continues her train journey across Russia in winter, and has no trouble entertaining herself while on board. A stop in a Siberian town then gives her the chance to try sledging. Meanwhile, in Brussels, Margaret Howell has the difficult task of getting an interview with a pediatric nurse for her report on child euthanasia.
Almost 500 children were robbed of their lives after their parents were murdered by a vile regime and their identities erased. Years later, a determined group of grandmothers, who refused to give up, finally found the children of the “disappeared”, and re-introduced them to their true selves.
According to official statistics, two people are killed by Police in the USA, every day. With the proliferation of mobile devices with cameras, cases against law enforcement have become easier to prove but that hasn’t stopped them happening. Miguel Francis-Santiago meets people who have been personally affected by abuses of authority.