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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.

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

Tuesday's Connector of the Day: Sanyu Nakyeyune

November 30th, 2009
04:20 PM ET

After her parents died of AIDS when she was only ten years old, Sanyu Nakyeyune was left to look after her two younger siblings in a rural Ugandan village without electricity or running water. Trying to attend school on top of all her tasks at home was proving impossible. 

LEAD Uganda helped AIDS orphan Sanyu Nakyeyune into education.

LEAD Uganda helped AIDS orphan Sanyu Nakyeyune into education.

But with the help of LEAD Uganda – an educational leadership initiative helping AIDS orphans, former child soldiers and child laborers into schools – Sanyu is now attending one of the best boarding schools in the country and regularly achieving A+ grades. She wants to be a doctor when she is older.

LEAD Uganda is helping Sanyu and other African children learn the skills which will allow them to help solve their own problems.

Now aged 14, Sanyu is focused on serving her country and helping Africa. To mark World AIDS Day, Sanyu Nakyeyune is Tuesday's Connector of the Day. Send her your questions.

The trial of John Demjanjuk

November 30th, 2009
01:05 PM ET

The trial of a Ukrainian man suspected of complicity in the murder of more than 27,000 Jews during World War II began today in Munich, Germany.

John Demjanjuk is accused of being complicit in the murder of over 27,000 Jews during World War II.

John Demjanjuk is accused of being complicit in the murder of over 27,000 Jews during World War II.

John Demjanjuk is accused of being a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943.

The trial could well be the last of its kind due not only to the age of suspected of World War II atrocities, but also the age of witnesses.

None of the witnesses to Demjanjuk's alleged crimes are still alive and prosecutors are relying on documentary evidence including an SS identity card featuring a young Demjanjuk which prosecutors say will help implicate him.

We would like to hear your views on the trial of John Demjanjuk. 

Will the trial of an 89-year-old man, who is in poor health, bring a sense of peace or any closure to the hundreds of the living relatives of his alleged victims? If convicted, Demjanjuk faces 15 years in jail – a term he is unlikely to complete. Could the millions of dollars being spent on trying him be spent in a more effective way compensating the relatives of war crime victims?


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