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.
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.
If you want to stay, you have to pay. Non-EU spouses of British citizens have no automatic right to live and work in the UK. Among numerous other conditions, the British spouse must earn £18,600 a year for their other half to receive a working visa. Less than half of Britain’s working population earns this much. It means thousands of loving families are forced apart every year.