The El Gaara sisters, who live in Rabat, Morocco, are athletic champions who compete in Paralympics against other athletes with dwarfism. Their story came to the attention of Moroccan filmmaker Reda Fakhar, who used it as a window to explore the life of short people in his country.
During a reporting trip to Morocco last year, Worldfocus' Hoda Osman, Rebecca Haggerty and Megan Thompson met the members of hip-hop group H-Kayne. In this brief interview, the rap trio discuss their musical influences, including Moroccan traditional music such as Aissawa and Gnawa.
March 24 was World Tuberculosis Day, so Worldfocus decided to take a deeper look at a disease that has long been a deadly threat. Tonight's Worldfocus special edition includes a piece by Debra Daugherty about how one South African community has combated the disease. Read more about this public health campaign in Cape Town.
Long-distance running is not only Ethiopia’s national sport; it is a source of pride for Ethiopians all over the world. Worldfocus contributing blogger Tesfaye Negussie went to Ethiopia and interviewed Derartu Tulu, who won the New York City Marathon in 2009, about what it takes to be one of the best runners in the world.
The Arab world has over 350 million people and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf. Most of its countries also share a set of demographic issues, including a youth population explosion and gender inequality. Martin Savidge hosts Magda Abu-Fadil and Bernard Haykel to discuss Arab demography.
Worldfocus partner World Pulse is a media enterprise covering global issues through the eyes of women. Zimbabwean blogger Gertrude Pswarayi shares the story of a gay Zimbabwean woman who lives in fear that her sexual identity will be discovered.
Rwanda has come a long way since a horrific genocide 16 years ago resulted in the death of around 800,000 Tutsis, as well as "moderate" Hutus who opposed the genocidaires. The Rwandan leader is often seen as a model for the developing world. Martin Savidge hosts Stephen Kinzer and Noel Twagiramungu to discuss the issues.
In Niger, known for its uranium and poverty, the military is in charge after a coup that removed the civilian leader. The president was taken into custody after soldiers attacked the presidential palace in Niamey. His whereabouts are unknown. The deposed leader had rolled back democratic gains and tried to extend his own power. Deutsche Welle reports.
Two decades ago -- after 27 years in prison -- Nelson Mandela walked out of prison in South Africa. But while black South Africans are politically equal, they still don't enjoy economic equality with whites. The disparities are perhaps best illustrated by the country's black townships. Haru Mutasa reports for Worldfocus partner Al Jazeera English.
Last July, Nigeria was racked by four days of violence between security forces and a militant group trying to impose strict Islamic law. Ever since, there has been concern that the security forces may have killed many innocent civilians. Mike Hanna of Al Jazeera English reports, and Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Eric Guttschuss of Human Rights Watch for more.
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- Moroccan hip-hop group fuses traditional music with rap
- Cape Town makes strides in combating tuberculosis
- Ethiopian marathon runner fueled by homeland
- Worldfocus Radio: Demographics of the Arab World
- Living in fear: a lesbian in Zimbabwe shares her story
- Worldfocus Radio: Rwanda as Regional Power
- Military coup wrests Niger's president from power
- Two decades after Mandela's release, economic rift lingers
- Nigeria violence may have claimed lives of innocent civilians