What in the World: Malalai Joya

Afghanistan - Malalai Joya

"You can cut the flower, but you cannot stop the coming of spring." This episode of "What in the World" features Afghan women's rights activist, Malalai Joya.

Elected in 2003, Joya was expelled from Parliament in 2007 for refusing to retract a speech. She fights for the rights of the people, particularly disadvantaged women.

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Russia

Russia was once the bedrock of both the reviled and revered Soviet Union, until its sudden and unexpected collapse in 1991. Remarkably the spectre of Cold War that hung over this vast country for so long has suddenly re-appeared. Russia might be resurgent now but has the country changed from the inside? With a focus on human rights, this film explores the complexity of contemporary Russian life.

South Sudan: The Rise and Fall of a New Nation

The jubilation that marked the birth of the South Sudanese nation brought no respite to its people. 2 million died and 4 million were displaced in the civil war with Sudan in the lead-up to the 2005 peace agreement. Formal independence came on July 9th, 2011 following a referendum in which more than 98 percent of the population voted for independence. Then things fell apart.

Togo

According to the World Health Organization, more than a billion people or 15 percent of the world's population experience a disability. And as the world's population ages, that figure is set to rise. A staggering 80 percent of this population lives in developing countries, where services are generally inadequate to meet their needs. 

Despite a robust disability rights movement and a shift towards inclusion, stigma and discrimination continue to mark many disabled people's lives.

Uganda

Undernutrition in the first 3 years of a child's life is a common but preventable crisis in certain countries. A baby's mental and physical development can be irreversibly damaged after 2 years of undernutrition. However, it is a condition from which an estimated 200 million children worldwide suffer and is believed to contribute to 3.5 million child deaths annually. In this program a number of child-specific health care interventions in Uganda are evaluated.

Israel

If your life were on the line and you needed a kidney transplant, would you go for it at any cost? This episode takes viewers on the journey of the illegal kidney market, beginning with brokers and buyers in California, and going as far as Israel. "What in the World" explores the range of criminal networks, brokers, and suspect surgeons involved in this market.