27 June - 1 July
Copyright restrictions prevent us from making these programmes available as audio on demand or podcasts.
Monday 27 June Honduras: After Berta
In March the award-winning Honduran environmentalist, Berta Caceres, was gunned down at home. Of indigenous Lenca origin, for years she was a prominent critic of the government, and campaigned against the Agua Zarca hydro-electric project in the western highlands. Honduras has become the most deadly nation on earth to be a land or environmental activist. Linda Pressly, explores how the murder of Berta Caceres is emblematic of profound divisions in Honduras.
Tuesday 28 June Ukraine: Back from the War
Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, huge numbers of men have been conscripted into service on the frontline. Many are now returning home to a civilian society which has little understanding of their experiences or how the fighting has changed them. Reporter David Stern follows of a group of Ukrainian veterans as they attempt to adjust to life after the war fare. As Europe’s only active conflict in a generation enters its third year, the programme explores the unique pressures and dilemmas that a huge cross-section of Ukrainian men face after demobilisation.
Wednesday 29 June Macedonia’s Avengers
Lucy Ash meets Macedonia’s Special Prosecutors -three women who have become the scourge of the political elite and heroines of the street protests now rocking the tiny Balkan nation. Their job is to investigate claims of wrongdoing and corruption revealed in a huge wiretapping scandal. The former Prime Minister has called them puppets of the opposition but to protestors on the street the fearless trio are Macedonia’s Charlie’s Angels.
Thursday 30 June Manto: Uncovering Pakistan
Sa’adat Hassan Manto was a writer who confronted social taboos in Indio-Pakistani society. Even though he died only aged 42 in 1955, an alcoholic and penniless, his work still speaks to 21st Century Pakistan. With the help of writers and scholars and Manto's three daughters presenter Sarfraz Mansoor tells Manto’s story and assesses his legacy. Often compared with DH Lawrence, Manto (much like Lawrence) wrote about topics considered to be social taboos in Indio-Pakistani society. With stories such as Atishparay (Nuggets of Fire), Bu (Odour), Thanda Gosht (Cold Meat) and Shikari Auratein (Women of Prey), he portrayed the darkness of the human psyche and the collective madness of the social and political changes around him.