In this edition of World Stories, we visit Haiti to see why wooden dolls are winning the hearts of the U.N. stabilization force. We travel to Cairo the meet the mind behind one of the Middle East’s hottest tech start ups and journey to Russia to see a new approach to drug rehab.
Plus, we see how getting back to nature is helping pull people out of poverty in Brazil, and we take a look at how Bulgaria is remembering its fallen soldiers.
Once a week, the Brazilian contingent of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti plays host to a local market and one of the hottest sellers are hand-carved wooden soldiers made by locals. The hand-made dolls can sell for up to $200 and have become the main breadwinner for some of Part au Prince's craftsmen. We visit scultpor Germain Manasse, to see how his business has taken off.
Amr Shady was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and take over the family business. But instead, the ambitious entrepreneur struck out on his own and founded T.A.Telecom in 2000. The start-up internet company quickly grew to one of the hottest telecommunications companies in the Mideast.
We sat down with Amr and his father to find out how he balances his responsibilities to his family, his company and his faith.
Russia has one of the highest rates of drug abuse in the world and the numbers of people succumbing to addiction are rising dramatically. But a small church in the Russian province of Swerdlowsk thinks it might have found the solution. It's offering addicts the chance to get clean while they help restore the 200 year old church.
In Brazil, land reform is a pressing issue, with groups like the Movimento Sem Terra or landless peasants movement calling for change. We visit one village where a group of 30 families is trying to start a new community on the grounds of a former sugar factory. With a little help from a local university, they hope they'll be able to lay the foundation for a sustainable future for their settlement.
It's been a century since the first Balkan War brought independence to large parts of Southern Europe. The ink may be long dry on the history books, but in Bulgaria many families still don't know what happened to their loved ones during the bloody war.
The Bulgarian State Archives have now published a list of the 48 thousand soldiers who fell during the conflict to help families finally close the book on their own family history.