Introduced by Mark Colvin. They were the only foreigners that were actually living in the field at the time of the worst fighting and the worst famine that Tigray had seen. They had no knowledge or understanding of the impact that their work had made in Tigray. That there was in fact a legacy that they were just blind to." - Maria Strintzos - Relief Society of Tigray "I think it is just unfortunate that the work I did in Tigray, I didn't know the outcome of that for the last 17 years because it would have made an enormous difference to how I lived those 17 years... and it would have made a difference to some of the problems that I've faced in that time." - Shane Dolan After returning safely from three years of Community Aid Abroad relief missions to the Ethiopian province, Shane Dolan believed he had left the horrors of famine and war behind. But at home he began experiencing a kind of shellshock which was eventually identified as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder resulting from his work in Tigray. When the opportunity to return arose nearly 20 years later, Shane was apprehensive. For years he believed the legacy of his work ended along with the war and his efforts had achieved little. His wife worried the journey would be the catalyst for another crippling mental health episode and she may never see him again. What took place upon Shane's arrival in Tigray turned out to be the tonic he so desperately needed. Greeted by locals as a returning hero, Shane's story had come full circle and his efforts all those years before had far greater consequences than he ever allowed himself to contemplate. Producer: Ben Cheshire Executive Producer: Deborah Fleming
Part one of a rare and powerful insight into the perspectives of the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and the people they are fighting for. If any proof was needed, last month made it clear Afghanistan is a dangerous place to be. Five Australian soldiers died, more were wounded. Two of the men lost in action were Sapper Jacob Moerland and Sapper Darren Smith. Four Corners recently spent a month with Australian troops, much of it with their company. They were there on the day Jacob and Darren were hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Now reporter Chris Masters asks the men on the frontline if Australia is making headway in this brutal conflict, and if the pain they suffer is worth the gains they are making.
The story, 'A Matter of Justice', deals with the official pardon been petitioned for Lieutenants Harry Breaker Morant and his army mate Peter Handcock. The story, 'Beyond redemption', asks whether schoolboy killers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables should have been let out in the first place?. The story, 'To infinity and beyond', tours through Pixar Studios and examines the popularity of Buzz and Woody worldwide.
Stories include, 'Mining tax deal either a breakthrough or a backdown', 'The long view on the mining tax', 'Ex-priest sentencing leads to applause in court', 'Court over-rules extradition for alleged 1944 war crime', 'How is the new PM playing in the heartlands?', 'Taliban launches strike on American aid lines', 'US Supreme Court faces the extremes of free speech', 'Canine commandos have a nose for heights'.
Stories include, 'Gillard meets with mining executives', 'Patel deserved to be punished as a criminal: judge', 'Howard angry at unexplained rejection', 'Town farewells hero son', 'Taliban opts for fighting, not talking', 'Angus Houston on Australia's role in Afghanistan', 'Haneef sues for wrongful arrest and terrorism allegations', 'Priest was aroused by children he felt sorry for'.
Stories include, 'Mental health finding opens electioneering', 'Government bribery allegations add to BER controversy', 'Tanner talks retirement', 'Cricket Australia disappointed by Howard rejection', 'China could motor out of adversity', 'New top general predicts tough fighting in Afghanistan', 'New Zealand set to pre-empt Australia with ETS'.
Suddenly, explosively, the world began to bleed and a devastating stain began to spread. Why did it happen and where will it end? This is the story of cheap mistakes and an almighty mess told by the men who escaped with their lives and people of the gulf coast who've lost their livelihoods. The bright, cheery, clean and green logo of petroleum behemoth BP couldn't be further from the image in the minds of gulf coast Americans who now view the company as a demon polluter that has devastated their lives, their livelihoods and their environment.
Stories include, 'Patel found guilty of all counts', 'Oil industry report looming', 'Generation Y drowning in debt', 'Grieving families lobby for change'.
Stories include, 'Patel found guilty of all charges', 'Speculation of early election grows', 'General McChrystal to retire from the US army', 'Tension mounts over Afghanistan corruption allegations', 'Cold war-style spying arrests in United States', 'Fiji Times eviction an attack on free speech', 'Indonesia struggling against people smugglers'.
This week's Australian Story is a harrowing but ultimately inspirational tale of sportsmanship, mentoring and redemption through three generations of Australian Rules football players.
This story documents the intersecting lives of three men as they struggle to survive on the backstreets of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is home to nearly 12 million people. Over 2 million of them live in favelas or shanty towns. Those suburbs are, for the most part, controlled by gangs and their bosses who make their living by kidnapping, theft and selling drugs. Some describe these gangs as parallel authorities to the established government. They are in constant conflict with the police. Few people get inside these communities but film director Jon Blair has been given access to tell the story of three men, one of whom will not survive.
The story, 'Breaking point', investigates school yard bulling while detailing the experiences of Alex Wildman and Dakoda Stainer. The story, 'It's my life', features an interview with musician Bon Jovi. The story, 'The vanishing', examines the disappearing of Australia's wildlife.
Stories include, 'Kevin Rudd's parliamentary future uncertain', 'Gillard loses key player to family reasons', 'Liberal and Labor head-to-head', 'Boat handed to unlicenced, intoxicated passenger', 'Obama still wants troops coming home in a year', 'Commandos' bodies return home', 'Brown coal export deal criticised', 'The Long view', 'Russian parents fear radio brainwashing'.
Stories include, 'Gillard's first day in office', 'Gillard takes top job in bloodless coup'.
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