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Monday 3 October – Brexit: The Response of London’s French

How has London's French community fared since Brexit? Caroline Bayley explores why so many entrepreneurs have chosen to start businesses on this side of the channel. And what is the capital's attraction for so many of France's young people? After the vote to leave the EU, the response of many French ex-pats was deep shock. Three months on, are French people and companies re-assessing their future in the UK? And will London be as open for business as it has been in the past? (BBC)

 

Tuesday 4 October  - The Forgotten Prisoners of Apartheid

South Africa became a democratic country in 1994 after years of racial oppression. Thousands of men and women sacrificed their lives to bring that brutal system down. They finally won when Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president. But many of them are still in jail – even though the country went through a much celebrated Truth and Reconciliation process. And, they are not even recognised as political prisoners. So why are they not free? Are these the forgotten prisoners of the struggle against apartheid?  (BBC)

 

Wednesday 5 October - They Call Us Viet Kieu

For Anna Ngyuen, a second-generation British Vietnamese theatre producer, fear and unexplained inherited traumas are what she associated with Vietnam all her life. Her parents fled the war-torn country in 1975 in the mass exodus that followed the Vietnam war. They were resettled in London along with 20,000 other Vietnamese. It is this community and their traumas that her image of Vietnam has always been based on. Forty years later Anna returns to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to rediscover Vietnam for herself and  find out who she is. (BBC)

 

Thursday 6 October - Going Hungry in Venezuela

Oil-rich Venezuela is struggling to feed its own people as a result of a spiralling economic and political crisis which has brought the country to its knees. Vladimir Hernandez returns to his home country where thousands queue for many hours in order to buy even the most basic of food stuffs. Malnutrition and starvation, unthinkable only a few years ago, are becoming a reality for some communities and particularly the poor.