What In The World? returns for a twelfth series and brings reports from the emerging world on a variety of global affairs issues. This year’s four part-series includes stories from Somalia, The Lebanon, Israel / Palestine and Iraq.
Series 12, Episode 1 – Death and Life in Somalia
A truck stuffed with explosives. A driver triggers his own death. The biggest bomb in all of Africa. 600 lives. Extinguished. Forever. The injured beyond counting. The legacy – grief and suffering in Mogadishu Somalia.
Those responsible are Al Shabaab, al-Quaeda linked militants.
“This is what the collapse of a state does to you” Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Abdirahman Hosh Jibril.
Peadar King reports on the disintegration of a nation.
Episode 2 – No Direction Home – The Lebanon
First one, then two and three and now four generations later, Palestinians living in refugee camps in The Lebanon long for home. Seventy-one years after the forced evacuation of almost 900,000 Palestinians from their home in Palestine that longing to return has not abated. Ninety year-old olive and sheep farmer Abedullah Talib Salhani, was just nineteen and about to get married when he was forced out of his home and his homeland. “I cry over my stolen land, stolen country” he tells What in the World? presenter, Peadar King.
Episode 3 – Another Brick – Palestine/Israel
Seven hundred and eight (708) kilometers of walls divide Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians. “In 1967 Israel was attacked, and I think when a country is attacked and it fights back and actually wins the war, then in some sense it’s entitled to keep the spoils of the war”, one Israeli settler man tells What in the World? presenter Peadar King, while acknowledging he is living in an illegal settlement. For Rami Elhahan and Bassam Aramin Jewish and Arab men whose children were violently killed, it’s not a cost-free victory.
Episode 4 – In Iraq with Denis Halliday
Along with What in the World? presenter Peadar King, former United Nations Assistant Secretary General [1994-98], Nobel peace prize nominee and Gandhi International Peace laureate Irishman Denis J. Halliday, revisits Iraq twenty years after his resignation from his UN post. “I was becoming complicit, in what I believe was a deliberate intention of genocide of the people of Iraq in order to overthrow, or have them overthrow the government in Baghdad. Therefore, I didn’t really want to be associated with a genocide run by the United Nations”. Two devastating wars later Halliday revisits once familiar locations, Babylon, Baghdad, Basra, Erbil and Mosul and finds that the war hasn’t gone away.