Centenarians

Venezuela's Hyperinflation & Galician Homecoming

Venezuela - Hyperinflation - Imagine living in a country where the price of everything doubles every 18 days... where in one year, the price of anything can rise well above 12-hundred percent. That's been the recent reality for Venezuelans, whose economy has been ravaged by the fall in the global price of oil, declining productivity and political turmoil. Stephen Gibbs portrays the cases of three locals on their daily struggle. To discuss Venezuela's current economic landscape, we are joined by Temir Porras, a foreign policy specialist who served for ten years as presidential assistant to the late Hugo Chavez. Mexico - Galicia Homecoming In a remote corner of Galicia, a coastal province in Northwestern Spain, summer signals a huge influx of people. But not all of them are tourists who have come to enjoy the sun. Many, in fact, have come for funerals. For generations, thousands of Galician families have left home to find riches in Mexico, as well as the rest of Latin America. But no amount of money they find is enough to replace their final wish: to be buried in the land they were born. Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports on the bonds that keep those who spend a lifetime in Latin America, bound to the place they once called home. Bolivia -Fortune Festival - Finally, we introduce you to Ekeko, the Pre-Columbian God of Prosperity whose miniature statue can be found in almost every home in Bolivia. He is said to bring wealth, hope and happiness... so every year, Bolivians take to the streets so they can buy him tiny offerings. We leave you this week with images of the Alasitas Festival, where gifts for Ekeko - the god of Abundance - abound.

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Peru - Counterfeit Money

Peru - Counterfeit Money (Dan Collyns) - The Peruvian capital of Lima is the "fake dollar" capital of the world, according to the United States Secret Service. For the past four years, the U.S. government has declared Peru the world's leading producer of fake US currency. That's a fact drawing a lot of attention to the clandestine world of Peru's counterfeiters as Correspondent Dan Collyns reports.

 

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Brazil - Syrian Refugees

Brazil - Syrian Refugees (Gerry Hadden) - As European countries squabble over how many refugees from the Syrian war to take in, an unlikely and far-away country has already opened its doors: Brazil. "The Giant of the South" has taken in over 2000 Syrians, and has plans for 20,000 more this year. The country is fast-tracking their visas, making it an easy and safe destination. However, many Syrian refugees know very little of Brazil.

 

Argentina - Beef Up

Argentina - Beef up (Joel Richards)

Haiti - Earthquake Orphans

Haiti - Earthquake Orphans (Stephen Gibbs) - In 2010, a massive earthquake struck the impoverished Caribbean country of Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and more than a million others became homeless. A massive aid operation began, with billions of dollars in assistance being pledged from all over the world. Haiti still bears many of the scars of that deadly disaster. CCTV's Stephen Gibbs returned to the capital Port-au-Prince. He tells the story of two survivors of the quake years later.

Peru - Uncontacted

Peru - Uncontacted (Dan Collyns) - Living deep within the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil and Peru, are dozens of so-called "un-contacted" tribes. These indigenous and historic communities have had little to almost no contact with the outside world. The Mashco Piro people are believed to have fled into the recesses of the jungle during the Amazon Rubber "Boom" in the late 1800s. This was a time of enslavement and death for many tribes. The Mashco Piro had rejected all contact with outsiders until recently.

Nicaragua - Poisonous Spray

Nicaragua - Poisonous Spray (Grace Gonzalez)