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Saving lives, a crime?

  • Equality
  • Human Rights
  • Migration

ROME - NGOs carrying out rescue operations in the Mediterranean have been at odds with the Italian government for years. SOS MEDITERRANNEE claims to perform its duty as mandated by international maritime law. Italy fights back with administrative sanctions.

When the pomegranates ripen

  • Armed conflict
  • Culture

JEREVAN - According to Armenians, the pomegranate symbolises the invincibility of the Armenian soul. From September, pomegranates begin to ripen. Their skin dries up while the flesh fills with moisture.

Behind desert and barbed wires

  • Equality
  • Migration
  • Politics

AFRICA - While hatred and fear is sown in Europe about " floating negroes" and "repopulation," the African side of the immigration debate remains underexposed.

Yangambi: A climate of tension

  • Armed conflict
  • Environment

YANGAMBI - In the middle of Congo's tropical rainforest lies Yangambi, a nature reserve where scientists study climate change. To do so, they need an intact piece of forest. But that causes tensions with the local inhabitants, because they use the forest to survive.

In Europe, social mask of Vlaams Belang falls

  • Politics

BRUSSELS - In the European Parliament, Vlaams Belang has a very different narrative than the social image the party wants to project in Flanders. Even in Flanders, by the way, this social narrative should be taken with a grain of salt.

How do you spell home?

  • Culture
  • Social Affairs
  • Youth

MECHELEN - Youth care center Juneco is a multicultural hub that houses 15 unaccompanied foreign minors aged 12 to 18 in Belgium. The young people grow up here without their families, creating close friendships.

Mondai: Jōhatsu

  • Social Affairs
  • Healthcare
  • Environment

TOKIO - In Japan, when people disappear overnight because of social pressure, financial, domestic or mental problems, they call it jōhatsu. Literally, it means evaporation. The phenomenon is not recognized in Japan, and so it stays under the radar. Robbe Van der Vloet and Arend Bucher travel to Japan in search of jōhatsu.

Pelvic (bottom) pain, an under-reported problem

  • Equality
  • Healthcare

Pelvic pain is an umbrella term for pain in the tailbone, hips, buttock region, joints around the sacrum and pubic bone, but also embraces pain and discomfort in the vagina, vulva, perineum, uterus, ovaries, bladder, bowels and pelvic floor muscles.

Paradise not for sale

  • Equality
  • Environment

ST JOHN'S - Barbuda is paradise on earth: a small Caribbean island with beautiful beaches and clear waters full of fish and lobster. Worth noting: on Barbuda, land is not for sale. There is a system of communal land ownership. But cracks are appearing in that, now that property developers have their eye on the island.

Copsa Mica

  • Environment

COPSA MICA - It is December 1990, the days are short, dark and foggy. Beside the road in Copsa Mica, 2 men are slaughtering a pig. A Romanian Christmas tradition I later learn.