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bbcff_2020zoomOriginal insights, playful perspectives and surprising stories from the World Service's 27 language sections. Every week with David Amanor. - Ein wöchentlicher Blick hinter die Kulissen der 27 Sprachdienste des Weltdienstes der BBC, moderiert von David Amanor.

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0103 03.01 India's controversial new citizenship law India's new Citizenship Amendment Act has sparked protests across the country. Its stated aim is to offer sanctuary and Indian citizenship to people fleeing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. But critics say it undermines India's secular constitution and may also affect India's own Muslim population. Clashes between protestors and police have led to violence and even deaths, and accusations that the police have carried out attacks on Muslim property. Zubair Ahmed of BBC Hindi went to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh to investigate. 12:04
0110 10.01 Australia's camel cull Australia’s decision to cull wild camels has shocked many Somali-speakers, for whom camels have a huge cultural significance. We bring together BBC Somali reporter and camel owner Issa Abdul and BBC Afghan’s Dawood Azami, who’s investigated the 19th century Afghans who came with the original camels to Australia. 11:08
0117 17.01 The man who lost his family In 1971, a brief war between India and Pakistan over the territory of Kashmir shifted the border 6 kilometres into Pakistan's space. Four villages became part of the Indian territory, and the villagers away from home on that day were permanently split from their families. Farhat Javed of BBC Urdu and Aamir Peerzada of BBC Hindi talked to one divided family 18:34
0124 24.01 Facing their fathers' crimesThe BBC’s Valeria Perasso tells us about two Argentinian women she met for her documentary about the children of men who committed crimes during the military dictatorship. Between 1976 and 1983, the regime hunted down and killed around 30,000 people. 13:01
0131 31.01 New life for a Soviet ruin? The Georgian spa resort, the refugees, and the billionaire. 12:27
0207 07.02 The women protesters of Shaheen Bagh Last December, four Muslim women began a street protest against India's Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh neighbourhood. Since then, hundreds more women have joined them, and BBC India's Chinki Sinha has been a regular visitor. 10:03
0214 14.02 Dear auntie.... Broken heart, tough dilemma? We hear about the agony aunts and uncles answering the world’s personal questions with BBC Thai’s Issariya Praithongyaem, Zuhura Yunus of BBC Swahili, and Ibrat Safo of BBC Uzbek. 11:59
0221 21.02 From refugee to reporter 40 years after the first Afghan refugees arrived in Iran and Pakistan, the UN has been discussing continuing support for those who remain. Many BBC Afghan journalists were once refugees. Asif Maroof, Karima Nahimi and Inayatulhaq Yasini tell us their stories of flight to Pakistan 10:29
0228 28.02 The man who sang the Manas The Manas is a Kyrgyz epic poem. It’s over a thousand years old, and is a performed poem, part recitation, part improvisation. Saparbek Kasmambet was a well-respected manaschi, or Manas performer, and also father of BBC Kyrgyz's Gulnara Kasmambet. Following his death earlier this year Gulnara has been overwhelmed by the tributes pouring in. She shares her memories 12:08
0306 06.03 Powerful women in the Mughal dynasty BBC Uzbek puts the royal women of India's Mughal dynasty centre stage for a series of programmes about three powerful women in the life of the first emperor, Babur. Editor Diloram Ibrahimova takes us back to the 16th century and the city of Andijan in today’s Uzbekistan 11:00
0313 13.03 Stories from a pandemic Stories from the Fifth Floor following the evolving Covid-19 pandemic, from bats in China to global social media fake news. As told by Howard Zhang of BBC Chinese, Giang Nguyen of BBC Vietnamese, BBC Persian's Siavash Ardalan, Sunyoung Jeong of BBC Korean and BBC Africa's Bara'atu Ibrahim 11:35
0320 20.03 The Presidents came in two by two Afghanistan's last election delivered not one but two presidents. Two swearing-ins followed, and both presidents continue to claim to the be rightful leader. But the Afghans are not alone: Guinea Bissau also found itself with two presidents recently. BBC Afghan's Dawood Azami and BBC Africa's Peter Okwoche discuss this strange phenomenon 23:59
0327 27.03 Yemen war: a feline perspective With the Covid-19 pandemic dominating world news, David Amanor invites a panel of guests to share unusual angles from their regions, as well as other stories they have reported - or would like to. Roncliffe Odit of BBC Swahili joins us from Nairobi to tell us how the public health emergency has dampened political rivalries. Irena Taranyuk of BBC Ukrainian takes us into a religious tussle within the Orthodox church over how to worship during the pandemic. Sumaya Bakhsh of BBC Monitoring shares her recently published story, A Tale of Two Kitties. It started with an online friendship between her cat Nelson and Helen, an imaginary cat living on the streets of Taiz, Yemen. 23:44
0403 03.04 Lockdown, as seen from Miama, Kampala and Chennai As more and more of the world has entered lockdown this week, we hear from Miami, Chennai and Kampala about what that’s been like for our language service journalists. Luis Fajardo of BBC Monitoring in Miami says there's been an exodus of New Yorkers to Florida, Catherine Byaruhanga of BBC Africa in Uganda talks us through the country’s rapid shutdown, and South Asia reporter Gaggan Sabherwal finds herself locked down during a family visit to Chennai 22:36
0410 10.04 In praise of eggs In many countries celebrating Easter this weekend, huge quantities of chocolate eggs will be consumed. It seems a good moment to look more closely at eggs, a symbol of new life and rebirth in cultures all around the world. Joining the Fifth Floor egg hunt for sayings, traditions and recipes are Ali Hamedani of BBC Persian, Sabir Mustafa of BBC Bengali and Sergei Goryashko of BBC Russian. They also share the latest news of the Covid-19 pandemic from their regions 17:43
0417 17.04 Songs of my life Making good use of time in lockdown, we set our guests the task of telling the story of their lives through music. Ali Hamedani of BBC Persian, Vandana Dhand of BBC Delhi and Famil Ismailov of BBC Russian choose two tracks each, one from the past and one to pass on to future generations 18:08
0424 24.04 Surviving Everest's 2015 earthquake On 25 April 2015, Aamir Peerzada was on the brink of realising a dream. After months of pitching and persuading, and as an ambitious new journalist for India’s NDTV network, he was finally at basecamp on Mount Everest, with the Indian Army’s mountaineering team, to make a film about why people climb Everest, despite the many dangers. Aamir was not supposed to go beyond basecamp, but on the day the opportunity came up to join the team on the first leg of their climb, through the hazardous, crevasse-filled Khumbu Glacier. Aamir leapt at the chance, but as they climbed, a huge earthquake hit Nepal, and Everest. Aamir remembers that day with David Amanor. Aamir Peerzada is now a journalist for the BBC’s Indian language services and based in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir 38:28
0501 01.05 Lockdown Ramadan, music and guns David Amanor invites his guests to share stories they've been covering from inside and outside the Covid-19 pandemic. Sally Nabil of BBC Arabic describes lockdown Ramadan in Cairo. Zhaoyin Feng of BBC Chinese in Washington DC shares the political and personal impact of the war of words between the US and China. And Lucia Blasco of BBC Mundo tells the story of Paraquay’s 'recycled orchestra'. Exiled Fifth Floorers’ hidden talents. A tour round the virtual Fifth Floor as our language service colleagues share unexpected skills and interests they’re using to keep their spirits up while working from home. With Irena Taranyuk of BBC Ukrainian, Vietnamese journalist Nga Pham of BBC World TV, Prudent Nsengiyumva of BBC Great Lakes, women's affairs journalist Faranak Amidi, and Brazilian Fernando Duarte of the BBC Digi-hub 24:15
0508 08.05 Garment factories, missing buttons and Antarctic trips Inside Dhaka's garment factories, and a Ukrainian journey to Antarctica 20:24
0515 15.05 The Facebook posts gripping Syrians Rami Makhlouf, one of Syria’s richest men, recently took to Facebook to air his grievances against his cousin. As his cousin is President Bashar Al-Assad, the whole country took note. BBC Arabic’s Mahmoud Ali Hamad takes up the story Covid-19 from Belarus to Kenya BBC Russian’s Tatsiana Yanutsevich reports from Belarus, where there’s no lockdown, and where President Alexander Lukashenko describes fear of coronavirus as a 'psychosis'. And BBC Africa's Sharon Machira talks about her new TV programme The Breakdown, which covers everything from online criminal justice to haircare during the pandemic 23:55
0522 22.05 The reporter who gave away his shoes Salman Ravi was interviewing migrant workers in a Facebook live for BBC Hindi last week. India's rapid lockdown left hundreds of thousands without jobs or income, many left with no choice but to walk the hundreds of kilometres home. While interviewing one family Salman saw the man had no shoes. So he handed over his own. The video’s been viewed more than 22 million times, but the story didn’t stop there. In China, Wuhan-based writer FangFang has enraged many of her fellow citizens with her blog about daily life under lockdown. They accuse her of providing opponents of China with more ammunition. BBC Chinese editor Howard Zhang explains the background. And from Somalia how the grounding of international flights has left khat chewers without their favourite stimulant, as the leaf is usually flown in from Kenya. But anti-khat campaigners hope the lockdown proves permanent. Mohamed Harare of BBC Somali has been following the story 24:15
0529 29.05 Profiting from the pandemic The Covid-19 pandemic is being exploited in many ways by criminal organisations across the world. For BBC Monitoring, Laura Gozzi and Luis Fajardo have been looking at the new opportunities which have opened up for the Italian mafia and the Mexican drug cartels 23:42
0605 05.06 Lockdown in London’s Arabic community BBC Arabic tells the stories doctors, restaurateurs, bus-drivers, volunteers, and pianists from London’s Arabic speaking community as they lived through two months of the corona virus lockdown. Producer Emir Nader, and film-maker Namak Khoshnaw, take us behind the scenes of ‘London Lockdown’. Animal noises around the world Does your tiger roar, or say halloom? Another chance to hear animal noises around the world 23:16
0612 12.06 Brazil's Black Lives Matter protests The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman has reignited the ongoing debate about institutional racism in Brazil. BBC Brasil's Camilla Costa tells the stories of some of Brazil's own George Floyds, including 5 year old Miguel, whose shocking death last week led to the #justiçaparamiguel protests. My home town: Cali, Colombia Luis Fajardo of BBC Monitoring takes us to his hometown of Cali to swim in crystal clear rivers and hang out at his favourite barLove, war and Communism 77-year-old actress Kim Chi is famous in Vietnam for her film roles during Vietnam War era, and more recently, for quitting the Communist Party. She's back in the news now having found love, and married an 82-year-old academic. She spoke to Thu Phan of BBC Vietnamese 23:40
0619 19.06 The herders caught between two armies This week 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in the disputed region of Ladakh. It's the first fatality in 45 years, but one of many skirmishes along the de facto border. BBC Indian languages journalist Aamir Peerzada looks at the impact of the current stand-off on the nomadic livestock herders who inhabit the high altitude desert. #A man should know his place Many women in Turkey have taken to Twitter to mock sexist language and patriarchal attitudes. Under the hashtag 'A man should know his place', they've turned popular sayings and clichés upside down, applying them to men rather than women. Beril Akman of BBC Monitoring in Istanbul shares some of her favourite tweets. Colombian love in the time of Covid-19 The coronavirus pandemic has taught us many unexpected things about our world and our eagle-eyed BBC Monitoring journalist Luis Fajardo spotted a curiosity from his home country, Colombia. It seems Colombians are finding it hard to give up their “love motel” habit, despite the lockdown 23:59
0626 26.06 Filming from behind 5 layers India's financial capital Mumbai is its worst affected city with 70,000 confirmed Covid-19 infections and more than 5,000 deaths. BBC Marathi's Mayuresh Konnur filmed doctors and nurses in the King Edward Memorial hospital ICU to find out how they are coping. It was a challenging story to report. My Home Town: Eldoret BBC Swahili’s Beryl Munoko shares memories of her home town in western Kenya. The price of mocking Myanmar’s military Last year members of a satirical drama group, the Peacock Generation. were jailed for mocking the military, and still face additional charges. They were performing "thangyat”, a mix of poetry, dance and song traditionally used to criticise those in authority. Soe Win Than of BBC Burmese explains why this one fell foul of the government 24:13
0703 03.07 Nollywood’s Coronavirus intermission Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, is famous for high productivity, addictive plots and glamorous premiers. Princess Abumere in BBC Lagos has been to a few premiers herself, and has been finding out how Nollywood is adapting to the Covid-19 shutdown. Tongue Twisters revisited Fun and epic fails from the Fifth Floor teams trying to get their tongues round some fieldish tongue twisters. Black Lives Matter in Tunisia “I can’t breathe” was chanted by crowds in the Tunisian capital after the killing of African-American George Floyd in the USA. It’s part of the black community’s response to racism and lack of opportunities for the minority black population of the country. Nora Fakim has been following the story for BBC Africa 24:14
0710 10.07 Iran's female gamers Lockdown has boosted online gaming everywhere, but when Sheida Hooshmandi of BBC Persian investigated Iran’s gaming scene she discovered a surprising number of participants are women. So what are the particular challenges for female gamers in the Islamic Republic of Iran? ABC…. It’s as easy as ABC, but learning your alphabet is trickier in some places than others. Fifth Floor class of 2015 takes us through their ABCs. Traditional Chinese Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, has seen a surge in popularity in China since the Covid-19 pandemic. Beijing recently considered making criticism of TCM a crime in the province, but this sparked a huge backlash amongst citizens. Yashan Zhao of BBC Chinese explores the differing views of TCM within China. 24:32
0717 17.07 Risking death for a fragment of jade The world’s largest jade mines are in Myanmar. It’s an industry worth an estimated $30 billion a year for the mine owners. But it's a hazardous living for the hundreds of thousands who scavenge through mountains of rubble in search of fragments of jade. Earlier this month 172 died when one of those piles collapsed. A BBC Burmese team visited the area last weekend - their editor in London, Soe Win Than, shares their findings. Ertugrul: the Turkish conquest of Pakistan It’s a story of strength, courage, and the foundation of a great empire. The Turkish TV series Ertugrul is set eight centuries ago, its hero is a tribal leader whose son Osman founded the Ottoman Empire. It’s gripped audiences in Turkey and beyond, and a version dubbed into Urdu is a hit in Pakistan. Aliya Nazki of BBC Urdu is a fan 24:09
0724 24.07 The president and the hostage-taker There's hot debate in Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelensky helped secure the release of a busload of hostages by complying with the hostage-taker's bizarre demand. Irena Taranyuk of BBC Ukrainian has been following the arguments over whether he took the right decision. Birdwatching in lockdown Kathmandu For Shreejana Shrestha of BBC Nepali, lockdown in the capital Kathmandu brought an unexpected new interest. She's become an avid birdwatcher. She tells us about the many beautiful and unusual birds she's been able to see and hear in the quieter and cleaner city. Cathedral, museum, mosque: Hagia Sophia The first Friday prayers have been said at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, after a court ruling ended its museum status. It was built as a cathedral 1500 years ago, then became a mosque after the Ottoman conquest. In the 1930s it was made into a museum, and now it's a mosque again. Esra Yalcinalp has been covering the story for BBC Turkish. 24:14
0731 31.07 The Kenyan clan branded 'evil' The BBC’s Anne Soy has been to her birthplace, Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, to meet members of the Talai clan, who have been feared and shunned since colonial times. When the Talai resisted British settlers more than a century ago, they were punished and branded ‘evil’, a slur that left them impoverished and marginalised, and still persists today. Afghan etiquette - what's in a title? BBC Pashto's Payenda Sargand has been putting the spotlight on the importance of titles in Afghan society. Why is it more important to know a person’s title than their name, and what happens if you get it wrong? He’s been sharing his discoveries with presenter Faranak Amidi. My Home Town: Snezhinsk, Russia Ksenia Idrisova of BBC Russian takes us to her hometown of Snezhinsk in the Ural mountains of Russia, a town so secret in her childhood that it wasn’t even shown on maps. 24:06
0807 07.08 The teenager who took on the Taliban A teenage Afghan girl was recently celebrated as a hero, and photos of her holding an AK47 widely circulated, after she killed two Taliban fighters who attacked her home. But Firuz Rahimi of BBC Uzbek – himself from Afghanistan – shares the story behind the story, revealing the complexity of Afghan life and loyalties. Unmasking the masks Nasobuco, barbijo, tapabocas and mascarilla – the proliferation of words for facemasks in Latin America, with BBC Monitoring journalist Rafael Rojas in Miami. When monuments say more than ministries Olga Ivshina was part of the BBC Russian team investigating what the new names being added to war memorials can reveal about military operations in the absence of government information. 24:14
0814 14.08 Beirut: after the explosion Last week's catastrophic explosion in Beirut devastated the port area and left at least 170 dead, thousands injured, and many more homeless. It's a painful time for our journalists who come from Beirut - in both BBC Arabic and BBC Monitoring. We hear the reflections of Nahed Najjar, Nisrine Hatoum, Hesham Shawish, Nidale Abou Mrad and Julien Hajj. The dream of Gran Colombia Gran Colombia was a vast country which included the modern nations of Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela and Colombia. It was born in 1819, the dream of Simon Bolivar, hero of the revolutionary wars that liberated Spanish America. Ana Maria Roura has been researching the history and legacy of Gran Colombia for BBC Mundo. 24:13
0821 21.08 Breaking taboos in Iran The taboo of domestic violence in Iran is being tackled by a podcaster who calls herself Maryam. She tells the story of her own abusive marriage, and is joined in each podcast by other women who share their experiences. Nooshin of BBC Monitoring explains why this taboo persists in her home country. From the streets of Belarus to Franco’s Spain: the story of a song The anthem being sung by protesters on the streets of Belarus has a story that starts in 1960s Spain, during the regime of General Franco. It was written by a Catalan singer-songwriter and is a call for unity of action to achieve freedom. Since then it has had several new lives in different countries, where many are unaware of its origins. BBC Mundo’s Enric Botella, who’s from Catalonia, tells the story. 24:13
0828 28.08 Getting to know Navalny Last week Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was taken seriously ill on a flight to Moscow. Poisoning is suspected, and he remains in a coma in Germany undergoing treatment. But who is Navalny and what does he stand for? We speak to BBC Russian editor Famil Ismailov to get a closer look at Putin's biggest political rival. In praise of mariachi In Mexico City, Plaza Garibaldi is the heart of mariachi music, where flamboyantly suited, sombrero-wearing musicians entertain drinkers and diners alike. But the Covid-19 lockdown also shut down mariachi, and led to mariachi band protests across Mexico. BBC Monitoring contributor Marcos Martínez Chacón explains what mariachi means to him and Mexicans. 17:49
0904 04.09 The refugee children of Cox's Bazar It's been three years since violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people to flee to Bangladesh. Since then home has been the crowded Cox’s Bazar refugee camp. BBC Bangla’s Shahnewaj Rocky has revisited the camp and met some of the children living there. My Hometown: Samut Prakan We travel to the outskirts of Bangkok with Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai of BBC Thai to sing karaoke with his many, many cousins. Spain’s royal soap opera The Spanish royal family has been through a turbulent time with corruption allegations involving former King Juan Carlos, and revelations about his numerous affairs. Juan Carlos recently left Spain to live in the United Arab Emirates. But his wife, Queen Sofia, has remained respected and admired. Mar Pichel of BBC Mundo tells us why. 23:50
0911 11.09 The Indian diamonds losing their shine Surat in Gujarat is the world's diamond polishing hub, cutting and polishing 70% of all diamonds. But lockdown brought that industry to a halt, with many losing their jobs. BBC Indian languages journalist Nitin Srivastava spoke to some of those affected. Ethiopians in Yemen The Gulf states and Middle East are historically popular destinations for migrant workers from Ethiopia, and travelling through war-torn Yemen a well-established trafficking route. But since the start of the global pandemic thousands of migrants have become trapped there, unable to go back or move on. BBC Arabic's Julien Hajj has been finding out more about their plight. 18:23
0918 18.09 Protests against Colombia's police A video showing the repeated tazering of a Colombian lawyer Javier Ordóñez by police as he begged for mercy, and his subsequent death from internal injuries, triggered riots in which several people died. BBC Mundo's Daniel Pardo is based in Bogota, and explains what this story reveals about Colombians relationship with law enforcement. My Hometown: Hanoi A return visit with Nga Pham to her hometown of Hanoi, Vietnam and a walk down the tree lined streets. Ghana Nigeria sibling rivalry The rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana is well known, but the two countries also share a close relationship despite not being neighbours. We bring together Nigeria’s Peter Okwoche and Mark Wilberforce from Ghana to explore how the countries see each other. 24:16
0925 25.09 Music and Memory This week, the World Service marked World Alzheimer's Day with a BBC Music and Memory project, exploring the power of music to reach sufferers with the disease. It launched a website of global tracks to trigger memories, compiled with the help of the BBC's language services. Behzad Bolour compiled BBC Persian's list, his father suffered from dementia, but still sang with him. He also explores Iran’s complex relationship with music. But what tracks does the rest of the world dance and remember to? We hear from BBC Arabic's Nahed Najjar, Adedayo Owolabi of BBC Yoruba, Kateryna Khinkulova of BBC Russian and Partha Prasad from the Indian languages hub in Delhi about some of the tracks they contributed to the world music database, and why. 23:38
1002 02.10 The battle over Nagorno-Karabakh As fighting flares again over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, we ask why it's so hard to resolve this conflict, and why a chunk of Armenian-controlled territory came to be inside Azerbaijan in the first place. BBC Russian editor Famil Ismailov is originally from Azerbaijan, and has followed this story for decades. Pot plants and plant influencers in Indonesia Houseplants have become a trend among urban Indonesians keen to ease the boredom of lockdown. There’s an industry of plant “influencers” and experts to feed the fascination, shared by BBC Indonesian’s Astudestra Ajengrastri. The fund-raising campaigns to free captured IS families Stories are emerging of donation campaigns by so-called Islamic State and Al Qaeda aimed at freeing the wives and children of IS fighters from detention camps in Syria. Abdirahim Saeed of BBC Monitoring tells us what he’s discovered from jihadist social media groups, which are raising funds to smuggle the women out. 23:42
1009 09.10 India's secret soldiers This year armies from India and China clashed along the disputed border between Indian-administered Kashmir and China. A recent funeral with full military honours on the Indian side revealed an intriguing story. Nayima Tanzin was a Tibetan refugee, who his family say was serving with a covert Indian regiment, the Special Frontier Force, a force never acknowledged by Indian authorities. The BBC’s Aamir Peerzada travelled to Ladakh to find out more. Flights to nowhere Here’s an odd phenomenon. Airlines in South East Asia are offering “flights to nowhere” – you fly, you don’t land, you come back. So what’s going on? Hong Kong-based BBC Chinese journalist Martin Yip fills us in. Hotels of Pyongyang Why would South Koreans be interested in a new book showing photographs of hotel restaurants and reception areas? Because these hotels are in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. The BBC’s Julie Yoonnyung Lee tells us more about the fascination of the photographs for Koreans. 24:19

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