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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.

The Organ Donation Debate

July 13th, 2009
05:18 PM ET

Would you donate your organs to someone who needed them more? Its one of those questions that tends to prompt an immediate response. You may feel uncomfortable about your answer but I bet you know pretty much where you stand on the issue. But it gets interesting when you go beyond that question and into the wider debate around organ donation. Suddenly there are no straight answers. This week on Connect the World we are going to give you a whole new perspective on a subject that has the power both to polarise opinion and make people question their own intuition and cultural backgrounds. Each day we look at it from a different viewpoint. To kick off the series Sara Sidner tells the harrowing story of Indian villagers who were literally robbed of their kidneys to fuel a booming trade from desperate foreigners.

Also today, we ask if coaltion forces will ever achieve their goals in Afghanistan. Our online poll is pretty decisive, if you take a look. But nowhere is the debate more alive this week than in Britain where soldiers are increasingly coming home in bodybags. It's emerged that three serviceman killed in action on Friday were just 18. The main political parties all support the campaign but consensus seems to be breaking down around the way it's being conducted. Opposition leader, David Cameron, for example, has been talking about the 'scandal' of helicopter shortages. Do you think the Brits and the rest of the coalition have got their strategy wrong? Could they turn things around if they gave their forces more resources?

We'll examine those topics tonight and all this week on Connect the World, 9pm London.

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