Darwin's Frog Threatened by Skin Fungus
Chile: Saving Darwin's frog - The Chile Darwin's frog is an endangered species, mainly because of a skin fungus. The chytrid fungus is a ruthless killer. It damages the skin of amphibians all over the world. They dry out until their hearts cease to beat. Scientists in Concepcion are trying to save the small amphibian by breeding healthy animals and sending them to Europe. Veterinarian Carlos Barrientos Donoso has a mission: he wants to save Darwin's frog from extinction. It's threatened by the chytrid skin fungus, which afflicts a third of all amphibians worldwide. The rare Chile Darwin's frog has been especially hard hit. So Barrientos Donoso collects healthy animals and increases their stocks at a breeding station in Concepcion.
Kenya: Hope for street children - Glittering palaces for the rich and squalid huts for thousands of children and teenagers living on the streets: that's Nairobi. High school teacher Clifford Oluoch is one of those who refuse to accept the misery of homeless young people. He wants to rescue them, or at least make their lives more bearable. He says they all have dreams: the teenagers he teaches at the high school where he works by day, and the kids on the street, whom he helps by giving them meals in the evenings. To do so, he's rented a room from the Catholic church. Here they cook, play and talk. For most of them he's the only father figure who's ever played a role in their lives.
Walking the Green Line: Nir Baram in the West Bank - The young writer Nir Baram has done what hardly any other Israeli has dared to: he spent a year behind the barrier in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, visiting places farther from fellow Israelis than the moon, and speaking with Palestinians who know Israelis almost only as uniformed soldiers. He also criticizes the Israeli left, which still dreams of a two-state solution. Baram shows clearly that the idea is long obsolete: that the West Bank is a patchwork, strewn with settlements now inhabited by more than 550,000 Jewish settlers. Together with Palestinians and Israelis, Baram has founded a peace initiative advocating coexistence of both peoples in one homeland.
Global Living Room India: Sumedha Joshi - Sumedha Joshi lives with her husband Santosh in the village of Velas. They most like to eat the vegetables they grow in their own garden. As fuel for the fire to cook over, they use cow dung.
My Favorite: Georgian shepherd dog - Otar Phareulidze is 52 years old and lives in the Georgian village of Alvani. His family have been sheep herders for generations. He belongs to an ethnic group known as Tushetians, or Tush. The region of Tusheti is where his flocks live in summer, from May to October. He's named his dogs after Georgian film stars. They're his favorites, because without them he couldn't keep his sheep together.