Is Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy violating human rights? In the days following Trump's U-turn, this program follows one family's fight to get their seven-year-old son back, after he was taken away at the border. “Hug your son because you’re not going to see him anymore,” Ludy Garcia was told at the U.S. Border. Under President Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy which took effect in April this year, immigrant children were housed in shelters, separated from their families, for an average of 41 days. Ludy’s 7-year-old son, Osmin, spent 51 days in detention between May and July this year. Ludy and Osmin are just two of the many victims of family separation at the U.S. border, who fled their homes under threats of gang violence and extortion. On April 6 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new policy for an "escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border." Trump’s administration has directed federal prosecutors to prioritise immigration cases. Athough the policy does not explicitly call for the separation of parent and child, in practice, it does precisely that: While parents are taken to be prosecuted, their children are left with a sponsor or at a shelter. Back home in Guatemala, mother Lesbia is at the family’s hut, eagerly awaiting her weekly phone call with Osmin – all she knows is that he has been taken to a shelter in Arizona. “Every time I go to sleep, I pray for you,” Osmin sobs into the phone.
This week on Dateline, we meet the young journalists trying to unite Rio de Janeiro’s favelas through a news site, started by a local when he was just 11 years old. When the police come ‘pow, pow, pow’. You get down. Everyone runs into the corridors!” It’s a tough pill to swallow, but this is the every day reality for children who go to school in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. With members from rival drug gangs manning every street corner, and a military campaign adamant on stamping out drug related violence, navigating these slums has become a matter of life and death for most residents. In 2017 alone, 6,731 people lost their lives to violent crimes in Rio. 13 years ago, Rene Silva founded his community newspaper, Voz das Comunidades (VOZ). Once a small-time paper operating from Rene’s home, the young journalists working for VOZ now have deep ties in local communities, and often serve as a point of reference for the larger Brazilian press. Kitted out in VOZ polos, the reporters use their smartphones and social media to give voice to parents like Fabio and Paloma Morre, who lost their son, Benjamin, to the crossfire between local police and drug traffickers. He was just shy of two years old. His father, Fabio, waves his phone – with a video of a toddler laughing playing on the screen - at the young journalist interviewing him. “This is one of the last pictures I took with him – this is a video of him dancing!” It’s a scene journalist Luana Melo has seen all too many times before. “It’s important for us to tell the story of the day Benjamin died. So these incidents won’t happen inside the favelas, with such violence.”
You might not have picked it, but reporter Steve Chao has never been more excited about poo. Panda poo that is. It’s a sign one of China's rare wild pandas could be close by. Few animals have become as synonymous with wildlife conservation as the giant panda, also becoming one of China’s most famous symbols for peace and diplomacy along the way. Despite this, wildlife experts are saying the country’s approach to these furry animals is heading in the wrong direction. On Dateline, we head both into the wild and zoos to see how their future looks. At the Yabuli Ski Resort in Northern China, the animals walk on concrete floors, and entertain themselves amongst fake trees and plastic playgrounds. Cameras flash away at them from the other side of their glass enclosures – a far cry from their natural homes. Zookeeper Yan Yongbin says the exhibits play a vital part in educating visitors on the lifestyles of these elusive creatures. While time and effort is being put into captive breeding, conservationists believe more emphasis should be placed on protecting the natural habitats of wild pandas. Acres of forest are dwindling rapidly, with both housing and mining developments encroaching on pandas’ natural territories. Today, just under 2000 pandas remain in the wild. Dateline met Hi Liwen, one man dedicating his life to staying on the trail of wild pandas to ensure they thrive in their natural environment.
For the past nine years, Iceland has ranked first in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Equality Index. Australia is ranked 35th. The Viking nation of Iceland has become a feminist utopia. We look at how the island country became the best place on earth to be a woman, and why that also means it’s the best place to be a man. In part two, SBS World News presenter Janice Petersen travels to the island country to explore how it became world capital of gender equality, and looks at what impact this is having on the idea of masculinity in society.
The past year has seen a seismic shift in gender politics and a global debate around gender equality. Over the next two weeks, Dateline travels to two continents to explore gender in a two-part special. In part one of Dateline’s two-part gender special meet the Proud Boys, a group of men who say they are speaking up for a new class of minority: the disenfranchised young male. The group believe masculinity is in danger - and they’re not alone. Dateline reporter Dean Cornish travels to the USA to see why the Proud Boy’s controversial views are speaking to thousands of young men. Reclaiming manhood is one of the central pillars of the Proud Boys. The group’s founder Gavin McInnes says there’s a war on masculinity.
All eyes are on the men’s football World Cup, but what about women who play the game? We go to three continents, and hear first hand stories of their passion and struggle for the beautiful game. “It's a boys' game,” is a refrain that is often repeated to young sportswomen. But what happens when a girl feels passionate about football? This week on Dateline, we tell three unique stories from Brazil, Denmark and The Gambia, that illustrate the challenges women footballers face.
An estimated 100,000 children in the Philippines are involved in prostitution. We go undercover with an Australian investigator Tony Kirwan who's working with local police to track down the underground pimps of this criminal world. Watch this weeks episode of dateline to find out how Tony Tackles child sex trade in Manila.
Made in China Until 1989, the village of Dafen in Shenzhen, China was little more than a hamlet - it now has a population of 10,000, including hundreds of peasants turned oil painters. In the many studios, and even in the alleyways, Dafen’s painters turn out thousands of replicas of world-famous Western paintings. To meet their deadlines, painters sleep on the floor between clotheslines strung with masterpieces. In 2015, the turnover in painting sales was more than $65 million. Zhao Xiaoyong lives and works in Dafen - he and his family have painted around 100,000 van Goghs. After all these years, Zhao feels a deep affinity with van Gogh. So what happens when he goes to the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands, to visit the works of a painter who has consumed his life?
In Ireland, women can go to jail for getting an abortion, even in cases of rape. As the country votes on whether to change its conservative abortion laws, we take the pulse of a nation divided down the middle. On May 25, Ireland heading to the polls in a landmark referendum that could finally overturn its abortion laws. Enshrined in the country's constitution is the protection of the unborn’s right to life – but at what cost? Dateline reporter Shaunagh Connaire goes to the heart of the referendum debate to meet women and families from both sides of a bitterly divisive issue. Hitting the streets of Waterford, Shaunagh meets a new generation of young, grassroots campaigners called the Youth Defence who are fighting hard to keep Ireland abortion free. “This is a human rights issue," explains Christine Darcy, a trainee teacher working for Youth Defence. "We have constitutional protection of the unborn, like an equal right to life for the mother and the baby. Why would we take that out of our constitution?" For many Irish women, the current laws are driving them to extreme lengths - In 2016, 3,265 Irish women travelled to the UK to get an abortion. Due to the expense, and lack of local support, most make the trip in one day, risking their health in the process. "I was given a card with a number on it in order to protect your identity," says one such woman Cathy, who paid £400 for her surgical abortion in a Manchester clinic. “It’s really heartbreaking to know that you are almost being exported; that this country doesn’t want to know about your problems or your issues.”
A special investigation into the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. The film examines evidence that Myanmar's security forces used systematic rape and terror tactics to expel hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from the country. Since security forces began a violent campaign in August 2017, up to 700,000 people have fled their homes to travel across the Myanmar border to nearby Bangladesh. Thousands of civilians, including children, are thought to have been killed, in a story of systematic discrimination, state-sanctioned violence and, ultimately, mass murder. In this special hour-long Dateline film, reporter Evan Williams hears first-hand about brutal killings and attacks on Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim population - and looks at whether Myanmar’s leaders, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, should be held accountable for these atrocities. “She had gone from a human rights heroine, a beacon of democracy, to a politician catering to the military, wanting the military to support her,” says former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson. Aung San Suu Kyi rejects the criticism and says that the military is simply hunting terrorists, but a network of Rohingya activists were secretly filming what was really happening, risking their lives in the process.Their ground breaking accounts of video evidence of several unknown massacres, provides Dateline with the first proper look at whether the killing of civilians could be genocide.
As the world competes to explore the resource-rich depths of the ocean, we're given rare access to a team of Chinese scientists and four trailblazing women as they go on a perilous mission deep underwater.
What happens when three Yemeni kids, under constant bombing attacks, are asked to report on the war zone they're living in? An intimate and horrifying portrait of a community struggling to cope.
In 2018, Cape Town was on the verge of becoming the first major city to run out of water. Incredibly, they managed to more than halve the amount of water they use - but was it enough to save their city? Watch this episode to help you investigate the nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it.
Chinese New Year isn't just a holiday - it's the largest annual human migration on Earth. We follow two workers as they travel across the country to their home town, the only time all year they'll see their children.
Thousands of African women are trafficked to Italy and forced into sex work. How does a former sex slave who married one of her clients now rescue women from the clutches of human trafficking gangs? This week Dateline goes to the European country, where there are an estimated 20,000 Nigerian sex workers - many who have been smuggled into the country by human traffickers.
The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but for many locals the effects of the conflict are felt every day. We investigate how the use of Agent Orange by American forces continues to impact Vietnamese children.
Millennials across America are rising up against US President Donald Trump and taking over city hall. Can two millennial mayors beat old politics to save their struggling cities or will youth let them down? Dateline reporter Dean Cornish travels to America to meet Michael Tubbs, who is one of a new generation of 'millennial mayors' snatching the political torch at the local level and hoping their generation can do it better. While the young leaders bring new energy and optimism, does the generation often criticised for narcissism and a poor work ethic have the chops to really change America?
Only one person had a chance at winning the Russian election - so why did a former reality TV star challenge Vladimir Putin? And was she a Kremlin plant? We follow Ksenia Sobchak on the campaign trail. Reporter Gabriel Gatehouse travels to Russia for Dateline to unravel a tale of family loyalties, a death in suspicious circumstances, and double dealings in the quest for power. Ksenia Sobchak is young, wealthy and famous. Her father helped bring down the Soviet Union. Now she's challenged ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency. A perfect pedigree? Perhaps. But some say she's a fake candidate, running a no-hope race to boost the Kremlin's democratic credentials.
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