1. Indonesia: After The Wave
On December 26, 2004, the Indonesian province of Aceh was hit by the massive tsunami that killed 170,000 people and devastated villages and towns. In the wake of the catastrophe, the Indonesian army and local separatist rebels ended their decades-long war, which took 15,000 lives. In After the Wave, FRONTLINE/World correspondent Orlando de Guzman travels to Aceh to explore the prospects for continued peace.
more info: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/indonesia605/
2. Tanzania: Hero Rats
For the past seven years, Bart Weetjens has been running a unique lab in Tanzania, where he trains rats to sniff out deadly unexploded land mines -- the legacy of countless bloody conflicts. Although dogs have traditionally been used to help humans detect mines, Weetjens realized that rats are lighter, cheaper to maintain and less susceptible to tropical disease. “I’ve always felt a very strong bonding with rodents,” he says. In “Hero Rats,” FRONTLINE/World reporter Alexis Bloom accompanies Weetjens to work in Mozambique to watch his trained rodents in action.
more info: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/tanzania605/
3. Kuwait: The 99
Move over Batman and Superman; the most popular comic book in the Arab world today is The 99, tales of Muslim superheroes based on Islamic culture. It was created by Naif al-Mutawa, a 36-year-old from Kuwait who was educated in the United States. FRONTLINE/World reporter Isaac Solotaroff follows al-Mutawa as he markets his comics across the Middle East, hoping to spread a moderate, modern image of Islam.
more info: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/kuwait605/
4. Faroe Islands: Message From The Sea
For more than 1,000 years, the people of the Faroe Islands have hunted pilot whales, and whale meat continues to be an important part of their diet. Yet, the islanders now face a new threat to their way of life: A landmark 20-year study of Faroese children has found that high levels of methyl mercury and other contaminants in the whale meat are harmful to a child’s neurological development.
more info: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/faroe605/
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