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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.

Ukrainian Journalist: "The people are not satisfied"

January 29th, 2014
04:33 PM ET

As the Ukrainian government backs-down with the repeal of the anti-protest law and the resignation of the Prime Minister, CNN's Diana Magnay spoke to Mustafa Nayem, a journalist and activist, about why the opposition are still not happy.

Nayem said that this law is too late. During the 12 days of protest, he says, five protesters died, more than 30 were arrested, and it seems to him like the government have "hostages", because they are telling the protesters to clear the streets if they want those people to be freed.

The aims of the protesters seem to have developed and altered in the last few months. Nayem says that this doesn't reflect inconsistency, but rather a growing awareness of what the Ukrainian government is capable of.

"I'm a journalist so as journalist first of all I want to know who is responsible for shooting on my colleagues." Though he says that brutal force was used against people, no one from the militia has been held guilty. "A lot of my colleagues they were crippled, injured on these protests, and no one is responsible for this."

Because of this, he says that the situation has shifted. "It's not about that what was two months ago. Now we know on what they are capable. They have this law, and it doesn't mean that they will not adopt it again."


Filed under:  Activism • Ukraine

Schools offer counseling to Syrian kids

January 29th, 2014
04:13 PM ET

Run in a home on the Turkish-Syrian border, the Banyam Martyrs School offers education, and counseling, to more than 300 Syrian refugee children. All of these students have lost one or both parents in the ongoing war.

Reem Banoush, the school manager, fled Syria with her family after the war broke out. She explained to CNN why she set up the school. "My children have had a private education, but now they have regressed by two years. After I'd worked with them they had become better, so I decided to make this school; first for the same of my children, and secondly for the sake of the children of martyrs."

Many of the students carry traumatic memories from the war. One 12 year old boy talks about his father's death. "I heard someone screaming and people ran to help him and I went to help him too. And then the second rocket hit."

Over 2 million refugees have fled Syria so far. Of these, 1.1 million Syrian refugees are under 18, and UNICEF estimates that more than half a million of them are not in school.

Banoush's experience further highlights how important an education is to those who can get it. "We found the children were very receptive to our education and they loved the school and even sometimes during school breaks the children would say 'we do not want a break, we want to come'."


Filed under:  Education • Girls Education • Middle East • Syria • Video

Gordon Brown: Syrian kids are forgotten victims

January 29th, 2014
04:11 PM ET

An ambitious 'timeshare' plan, launched by the UN, aims to enroll 400,000 Syrian refugees in school before the spring. With the support of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, the concept would see exiled Syrian children being taught in existing Lebanese schools for only $400 per person per year.

Becky spoke to Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former British Prime Minister, to find out more.

He said "100 years ago we established the principle that in a conflict the Red Cross would provide healthcare. Then Médecins Sans Frontières did even more in the 1970s and '80s when they introduced their service that kept health services going even in the worst and most intolerable conditions. Now we've got to establish the principle that even if you're in a difficult area, and there is no more difficult area than the Syrian peninsula at the moment, once you're in the area you can still provide some of these services, and we want to see education provided for as many children as possible, and then a root to jobs, and then a return to normality as quickly as possible."

While private individuals can contribute to funding the plan, Brown emphasized that it's important to get governments involved too. "Any pressure that ordinary citizens can put on this will make a difference."

Becky then asked what advice he had for the participants at the Geneva 2 peace talks. "To work harder to achieve a settlement. But at the same time to recognize that even if we achieved a settlement, which will be very difficult in the next few months, the humanitarian needs go on. These are the innocent victims, but often forgotten victims of a crisis. We know that more than half the refugees are children. We know that they have been pushed out of their homes already, but we know also that they're lacking the food and the shelter, as well as the education, and we really have to take humanitarian aid more seriously."


Filed under:  Activism • Becky's Interviews • Middle East • Syria

Sochi terror threats overshadow events

January 28th, 2014
03:11 PM ET

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi set to begin in just 10 days, headlines are filled with talk of security concerns, terror threats and contingency plans.

But what about the 6,000 athletes who are arriving for the games?  The world's best lugers, figure skaters and ice hockey players are descending on Sochi for their Olympic moment.

Becky takes a closer look at whether the sports can steal the spotlight from security in Sochi.


Filed under:  Analysis • Europe • London • Olympics • Russia • Sochi • Sport • Video

Expert: First spouses walk a narrow line

January 28th, 2014
03:04 PM ET

After the French first couple called it quits, former first lady Valerie Trierweiler headed off to India on a long-planned charity trip.  While the role of first lady is well established in the United States, recent revelations of Francois Hollande's love affair and subsequent break up have led the French to re-examine the position of president's partner.

Becky spoke with Betty Boyd Caroli, author of "First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama," about how the role differs around the world.  Caroli said it's not an easy job.

"It's a very narrow line that the spouses walk," Caroli said.  "On the one hand, we expect them to be very involved and we expect to know everything about them.  And yet, we really don't think they are the official voice of the president."

Becky asked how challenging the role is for a woman like U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, who sacrificed her own career to support her husband's political ambitions.

"I think it must be very difficult for a high profile professional like Michelle Obama to quit a job that she evidently loved and be basically out of sight for most of the time," Caroli said.

 


Filed under:  American politics • Becky's Interviews • Europe • History • United States • Video
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