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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Leone Lakhani's Ramadan Diary

July 2nd, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Daylight fasting is a key requirement during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In the first part of her Ramadan diary, CNN's Leone Lakhani reports on the health risks and benefits that come with compliance.

Filed under:  General • Health • Middle East • Video

The Man with the Golden Gut

April 22nd, 2014
04:57 PM ET

We’ve all heard of people having a heart of gold. But what about a belly of the shiny stuff? That’s what doctors in New Delhi found when a man arrived from overseas in severe discomfort. As Amir Daftari reports, his apparent attempt at tax evasion did not have a glittering end. A warning: this story may prove hard to stomach.

Filed under:  General • Health • India

Documentary explores organ trafficking

March 20th, 2014
03:20 PM ET

Would you buy a kidney on the black market if your life depended on it? Would you sell one, if it meant you could buy food for your family?

One of the miracles of modern medicine is that we can save a dying person's life with another's organ. Every year thousands of organs are bought and sold on a flourishing UK black market, with a single body part selling for up to $200,000.

However, current donations only meet 10% of demand.

A new documentary, 'Tales from the Organ Trade', examines this million dollar industry, and the heart-rendering decisions of eight buyers and sellers

Becky spoke to director Ric Esther Bienstock, who said that in these life-or-death conundrums, there are no simple answers. "I'm not saying it's right, I'm saying you have to understand the driving forces. What I see happening is the authorities and the medical establishment just talking about cracking down on the black market without providing solutions."

To find out more about this subject, Becky spoke to Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Janet Radcliffe-Richards, a professor at Oxford University, who both presented contrasting views.

Filed under:  Health

Fighting female genital mutilation

February 7th, 2014
04:56 PM ET

The World Health Organization estimates that some 140 million women have been subjected to some form of female genital mutilation. A practice the UN calls a violation of human rights and gender equality. They say around 3 million girls face the risk of FGM every year and have declared February 6th the 'International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation'. To mark this day, Becky spoke to Naana Otoo-Oyortey from the Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development.

She identified various recurring problems when it comes to tackling this subject.

"There are women who don't even know that they've been through FGM, and that in itself is challenging because if you had it at a much younger age you may not recall when it happened, and you may not see yourself as different, you'd see yourself as normal."

There is also a common acceptance of this as a tradition within certain communities. "For a lot of people they are born into a culture where they see it also as part of their culture. We've had young girls in the UK who have said 'I wanted to go through it because I felt it was part of my culture'. Some girls who say 'I went on holiday and I insisted that I went through it'."

However, Otoo-Oyortey notes that progress is also being made, particularly in Europe, where the younger generation are challenging the status quo. "FGM affects primarily younger people, and in Africa even though you see that the campaign is mainly led by older women, we're seeing in Europe that there's much more engagement, primarily because young people have more access and have a better voice, and are able to understand their rights, and are able to engage on this issue."


Filed under:  Africa • Becky's Interviews • Girls Education • Health

HIV testing offered for all in London

November 29th, 2013
08:57 PM ET

One in five HIV positive people in the UK remain undiagnosed. Despite this, HIV testing is not routine. Now a new campaign in London aims to change this. All hospital outpatients, regardless of age, ethnicity or sexuality, are being offered tests this week in an attempt to reduce the number of undiagnosed cases and the stigma attached.

Becky meets the patients being tested and the doctor spearheading the campaign to ask if this is the most efficient way to tackle the HIV epidemic.

Interactive: World AIDS Day 2013

Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Health • Video
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