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this is d.w. news coming to you live from berlin the next russian spy reportedly in critical condition in a british hospital police time to decontaminate the streets where he took ill after exposure twenty one no substance media reports say he's a former intelligence official who also spied on russia for the u.k. . also on the program south korea's most senior delegation in the decade meets with the north korean leader kim jong il and the positive signals coming from those meetings to find out more mark correspondents in seoul. a relief mission cut short
eight finally gets through to syria's eastern ghouta more strikes pound the embattled enclave even as the trying to storm look. also on the program to him by leaders could almost certainly show a friendship israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu makes the white house visit all trump says would be like to travel to jerusalem to open a new u.s. embassy there in the brain. then a refugee crisis in south america we have a special report on venice whelan's who fled their country's economic crisis into neighboring colombia the story of the daily struggle to survive. hello i'm terry larson good to have you with us. a former russian spy living in
england is critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance sergey script paul was granted refuge in britain after a spy swap deal in two thousand and ten police have confirmed that two people a man and a woman were found unconscious on a bench on sunday in the city of souls beurre both are receiving treatment and an investigation is underway to determine what caused their condition. a crime scene that could be straight from a bond movie. police don't hazmat suits as they decontaminate the street where the former russian spy sad case great pal and a woman had collapsed the substance that has made them critically ill hasn't been identified. the treating it as a major incident and have even closed a nearby restaurant as a precaution apos abayas said it looked like the pan had taken drugs.
on the bench there was a couple. an older guy and a younger go she was sort of let in on him it looked like she passed out maybe he was doing some strange hand movements looking up to the sky. i felt like i should step in but to be honest they looked so out of it i thought even if i did step in i wasn't sure how i could how emergency services rushed those people to soulsby hospital where they remain in intensive care police are also guarding the former spy's home as the investigation continues. this has not been declared as a counterterrorism incident and we would urge people not to speculate however i must emphasize that we retain an open mind and we continue to review this position the focus at this moment in trying to stop what has caused these people to become critically ill and we are working with partners to prioritize this diagnosis. sixty
six year old stock based group pal was granted refuge in the u.k. after spy swap in two thousand and ten he's been sentenced in russia to thirteen years in prison for spying for brits and the us president told trouble says he may visit israel to attend the opening of the new u.s. embassy in jerusalem in may trump was speaking during talks with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at the white house the two went out of their way to put on a united front. a friendly welcome for the israeli prime minister in washington from a u.s. president who sees only to eye with him on the middle east and believes the chances for peace a good what better if we could make peace between israel and the palestinians and i can tell you we are working very hard on doing that and i think we have
a very good chance and the biggest difficulty that anybody's had you look over twenty five years nobody could get past number one juror so they couldn't get past that we've taken it off the table so this gives us a real opportunity to do peace the troops move to relocate the u.s. embassy to jerusalem has a groove a two tensions with palestinians and many others in the region reacting angrily to last december's decision. in the oval office netanyahu praised the move and repeated his view that iran is the greatest threat to regional security iran has not given up its nuclear ambitions it is it came out of this nuclear deal in boulder and reached this practice into question that we were putting on our own borders. and i think we we have to stop this country the chance to if you go to america iran must be stopped. and come to. talks between the two leaders
focussed on concerns of iran's activities in syria and on trump's push to change or abandon the twenty fifty nuclear deal with tehran. our correspondent coston phenomenon says netanyahu is trip to washington provides some respite from the problems he's facing back in israel. for benjamin netanyahu his visits to washington is a welcome distraction from his problem spec home it gives the israeli prime minister the chance to show that he is still an important player on the international stage after his meeting with president trump in the oval office he will give the major speech at the big conference of america's pro israel lobby where is expected to once again celebrate the decision to move the u.s. embassy in israel to jerusalem and to call on israel's supporters in the united states to get tougher with iran netanyahu supports president trump's demands to
either change or script iran's nuclear deal restrict iran's missile program and counter iranian meddling in various countries in the middle east positions that will certainly get a lot of applause here in washington and in israel. and that was our washington correspondent causton phenomena talking to us a little earlier well let's return now to our top story as we mentioned a former russian spy living in england has taken ill after being exposed to an unknown substance let's get more on that story now we're going to cross over to our correspondent erin tilton he's standing by for us in our moscow studio erin what more can you tell us about sergei script the former russian agent who was taken ill in britain. well according to russian media reports series three paul it was actually a member of the g r u n o that's russia's military intelligence service some of the
initial reports coming out of england had indicated he might have been a member of the f.s.b. which is the state security service that took over after the key g. b. was dissolved but according to the reports we're seeing here was actually a member of the military intelligence service now we know in two thousand and four that he was arrested by state security here in russia and accused of being basically a double agent for british intelligence he was accused of turning over information regarding dozens of russian agents on foreign soil to the british intelligence services and that of course landed him in jail he was sentenced to a long period of prison here in russia and ended up actually serving around six years of time now in two thousand and ten he was actually exchange as part of a spy swap with western powers now interestingly enough as part of that deal and it chapman the tories russian sleeper agent who had in living in the united states was also exchanged and since that time cripple has actually been living
a rather quiet life in england unlike other a former russian spies living in england he actually kind of shied away from the limelight and i'm trying to avoid the public eye ok so this story is obviously getting some play also in russia watch what are russians saying about it. well so far the reaction has been rather muted the news here broke rather late last night so we have seen some media reporting on about this suppose a poisoning but there hasn't really been a lot of this reaction that being said it's also not too surprising that we haven't heard too much word from an official offices here on the russian government has a tendency not to address stories like this at least immediately choosing rather to play the long game and we can see how events develop erin thank you so much state always erin tilt and there at our moscow studio now another step towards improved relations on the korean peninsula north korean leader
kim jong un has welcomed delegates from the south to pyongyang for the first time since he took office in two thousand and eleven north korea released the images of the country's leader with the south korean negotiators it's the highest level south korean delegation to visit the north in more than a decade the visit is aimed at easing a standoff over north korea's nuclear ambitions south korea also wants to pave the way for the north to hold talks with the u.s. the u.n. has described the visit as a positive move the secretary general is knocked. it is for seoul encouraged i think by the trip today to pyongyang to direct talks. that are taking place. we have to see what the outcome is obviously the focus needs to remain on the denuclearization the peaceful denuclearization of the korean peninsula. or more let's bring in our our
correspondent in seoul jason strother jason tell us more about this meeting between kim jong un and the south korean delegation what are the two sides saying about. well we don't know the specifics yet the south korean envoy will return here to seoul later today and hopefully have a press briefing to let us know what was discussed up in pyongyang but if we are to trust north korean media the talks went smashingly the case c.n.a. north korea's central news agency said that kim jong un the ruler kim jong un and the south korean envoys have reached. an agreement on how to move the potential summit between kim and south korean president moon jay and ahead the dispatch from north korean media said that ruler kim gave some on the spot guidance to the south korean envoys and they're working out the details but will have to wait and see
until these envoys get back home to get a little bit more more clear information but we're hearing reports jason that a full fledged diplomatic summit could soon be organized between the north and south has that now become a more likely prospect. well you know ever since president moon came into the presidency a little less than a year ago he has called for better relations with north korea e.-s. said that he'd be willing to meet with the ruler kim jong il. when he wasn't quite it come young last month by kim jong il his sister kim yell junk during the opening ceremony of the come john winter olympics movement took a step back and says that some conditions would have to be met first and those are the conditions we can presume are being worked out right now in north korea in the south once the north to talk directly to the u.s.
about easing tensions one of the prospects of that happening. right well you know both north korea and u.s. are sitting very far apart from each other right now the trumpet ministration has said that it will not engage in negotiations with pyongyang unless the regime is committed to denuclearization meanwhile north korea has said while it's willing to hold dialogue with the u.s. it's not going to get rid of its nukes so unless some sort of compromise is reached i don't see how negotiations could go ahead right now jason briefly the north korean u.s. north korean monitoring group called thirty eight north says it's detected signs of renewed activity at north korea's main nuclear reactor what can you tell us about that what does that mean well it's hard to say i mean the route that the report from thirty eight north said the tech did by its commercial satellite imagery
plumes of smoke coming out of the young beyond a five megawatt reactor although some other indicators of. plutonium production were not present such as the melting of ice in the facility of the young beyond riyadh so it's still too early to tell if it's moving and jason thanks so much correspondent jason strother there talking to us from seoul. now let's get some other stories making headlines around the world today officials in the u.s. state of florida have passed a bill to create new restrictions on rifle sales and allow some teachers to carry guns in schools that move comes in response to a deadly school shooting in the states last month. a senior u.n. official has said myanmar's ethnic cleansing of revenge of muslims is ongoing that after he visited refugee camps in bangladesh is cox bazaar destroyed hundreds of
thousands of within just have fled to bangladesh since last august when the unmarked forces launched a crackdown on their community it's. japan has appointed its first female commander of a navy squad it's a move aimed at encouraging more women to join the country's self-defense forces rio zuma was inaugurated into her new role on boards of pan's largest warship should be commanding a squadron of one thousand of which only thirty four women fought to syria now and the international red cross is a convoy carrying aid to eastern ghouta has withdrawn after unloading only part of its contents and ongoing assault force them to pull back the sixty eight civilians were killed in airstrikes on monday as syrian government troops moved to seize more ground four hundred thousand people remain trapped in eastern good. after weeks of waiting a glimmer of hope for the sick and wounded of eastern. dozens of aid trucks have
been cleared to cross but the united nations say syrian authorities have seized crucial life saving medical supplies according to officials much of the aid was not allowed through. what we were hoping to enter without shelling because the cease fire must be respected as this is a humanitarian convoy heading towards a large number of civilians the. coverage of a convoy isn't sufficient supplies for seventy thousand people were reduced to under twenty eight thousand people. almost. the crippling siege has left civilian stranded as syrian forces expand their assault undeterred by the international outcry the un back cease fire has been largely ignored as president bashar al assad's forces advance into the last major held territory near damascus.
ily ily ily back a couple of the lead and about i see no conflict between the truce and the military operations on recent advances occurred during the cease fire as i said it is possible to achieve a humanitarian objectives while striking the terrorists with their full have to continue our operations while allowing civilians to leave government controlled areas holding. up our hundreds of thousands of civilians remain trapped in the enclave amid pleas for an end to the brutal bombardment despite an agreement for peaceful aid delivery there have been reports of shelling near the crossing into kuta. well for more now we're joined by alan mcdonald he's from save the children and joins us from the jordanian capital amman the red cross' finally managed to get an aid convoy into eastern goods how significant is this
it's a very good step is the first aid convoy in many weeks and it's put in fruitful for thousands of people but it is only a small step it's a small amount of food that will last a few weeks for a fraction of the population inside there are more than three hundred fifty thousand people that say three for twenty eight thousand very welcome but it is certainly a drop in here she and it's also extremely. worrying extremely concerning. the medical a lot of the medical supplies were taken off and there are thousands of c. who are injured children and other civilians in insides who desperately need treatments where they've been. bombed in the last few weeks or all previously or whether. they're suffering from long term illnesses. and they need this treatment as a matter of life or death in many cases and we've spoken to
a lot of doctors in east who have to. they have to use bandages and needles and basic equipment several times on different patients you know despite the dangers just because they don't have enough supplies it's really extremely crucial if that gets in how likely is it that more aid convoys will manage to get into eastern gooch an elf. i think it depends on the security situation and. the ceasefire that was announced by the un security council last week is not is not how there were a few days where it got the answer but yesterday it was. the worst day civilians in terms of shelling and deaths that we've seen since that announcement so the fighting is ongoing david the convoy that came in yesterday had to turn around and will finish early because there was so much shelling going on they really depends
on the security situation our partners from save the children. who are inside managed to do by one distribution of. winter clothes and blankets for people in shelters but it was very very small it was just for a few hundred people and. the distribution of it happened had to be canceled because of the bombing and shelling that still going on. ellen thank you very much for talking to us that was a macdonald there from a save the children in the jordanian capital amman donald trump's cherished plans are facing increasing opposition not only from international trade partners but from influential members of the republican party that's right terry in a rather public confrontation house speaker paul ryan and other republican allies of president on the trump pleaded with him monday to back away from his threatened
tariffs was that there could spark a dangerous trade war republican congressional leaders even suggested they met sent to block them from remains adamant and we're told that we are not backing down the drum terrorists to prove a double blow to the european comic is not only will this actor is in the us have to pay more for this deal they used to make as they will also face lease on the mobiles they ship from europe for sale in the u.s. it's a topic on everyone's lips at the cut as the car industry leaders gather the international motor show in geneva. as carmakers prepared to showcase their newest shiny ist models at the geneva motor show donald trump's threat to impose tariffs on vehicles made in the european union cast a shadow over proceedings some experts maintained the move would backfire. from threat doesn't appear to be very well thought through if he really wants to
impose import tariffs across the board that would affect over six million cars over all that would amount to a minor revolution in america because it would anger both car makers and consumers leading to a recession in the u.s. car market that's the opposite of what he wants. if trump makes good on his stress the german car industry in particular could be badly hurt us folks like new b.m.w. and mercedes have their own plans in the united states however v.w. subsidiaries and porsche don't and would be hit hard by terrorists the united states is the second biggest export destination for german cars after china last year alone german automakers exported almost half a million vehicles to the u.s. now they're feeling uneasy about what could be to come. here are the five lines of the geneva motor show carmakers are wondering what kind of tariffs will mean for the especially dharmic car makers have production operations in the u.s.
and american manufacturers benefactor vigorously abroad as well so perhaps import tariffs will only apply to direct imports from europe but that would be a blow to the industry as well the u.s. is the world's second largest automotive market and the most important buyer for bigger and more expensive german cars tariffs or not in geneva the show goes on with a pun european panel crowning sweetens volvo x c four c. car of the year. but no awards can distract from the widely held belief that the trade war threatened by trump is unlikely to produce any winners in the european car industry. a month before hungary goes to the polls in a general election claims of systematic government corruption are growing louder among the allegations prime minister viktor obama and his associates may have and rich themselves by systematically procuring e.u.
funds earmarked for infrastructure projects according to the european until. some unlawful prime minister benefited from construction contracts that were financed mainly with the e.u. funds. the only destry lampson near the hungary and capital budapest were mainly financed by the european union but residents are unhappy about the elimination they say it's too dim and that hundreds of more lamps are needed and they founded the citizens' initiative to shed some light on the problem. shami. we've had zero information about this project from authority as the mayor belongs to the governing party and he won't let us look at the files and i mean that revelation when i was. installing the e.u. funded streetlamps in numerous towns was an infrastructure project worth millions of euros and it may have involved nepotism according to the european anti fraud office of prime minister viktor orban son in law was an owner of the company that
won the contracts to modernize the street lighting journalists at the investigative news portal direct thirty six looks into the case and need to vora describes the background to the story i was work a program africa as a look for you the problem in this case is that the tenders were manipulated in such a way that only the prime minister's son in law could win them back you have to realize that in hungary and you funds are handed out directly by the government. another case in viktor or buns hometown of felt should involve the much publicized soccer stadium direct thirty six says e.u. funds were fraudulent lee diverted to build the stadium and a nostalgia railway line in the area both construction projects benefited lawrence messer us seen here on the left of the picture he's organs childhood friend the mayor of the village. some of that money is going to leave their friends and
relatives of the prime minister is in our circle and then be really following the road several examples of. the staff a direct thirty six a that up to now hungary and justice officials have refused to take any significant action on such information the government has brushed aside allegations of corruption and nepotism and its ranks. government spokesman zoltan coverts says the claims are politically motivated by the opposition. hunger in judiciary was tested and we have passed a test off of the european institutions and they clearly state the independent and it's up to the standards of the european union. hungary receives more than four billion euros a year from brussels how much of that public money has gone to line private pockets may never come to light. and that's all the business news it's.
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one of the world's biggest and least talked about migration crises or than half a million venice wayland's across the colombian border fleeing a political crisis and poverty at home colombia's government has tightened the border and born venezuelan immigrants could destabilize the country he wus ofelia harms our roots he sent us this report from bogota. last april was is one of the busiest bus stations in bogota every day dozens of venezuelans gather here to each talk or simply enjoy each other's company most came to bogota on their own leaving family and friends back home. of i suffer from hypertension and it wasn't easy to get my medication in. the mail and now sells candy inside the so-called transmit linear buses which she can jump
on and off with just a single ticket that yes i'm another venezuelan who came to this country to try and move on i know this is annoying for you because there are lots of us here michaela is trying to sell enough of these chocolate bars to pay for her boy's birthday party back home though she won't be able to be there herself. and she isn't the only one selling chocolate engelberg is twenty years old and arrived in colombia a month ago he feels embarrassed but needs to some at least two boxes of chocolate a day to make ends meet. i work for an entire year to gather the money to come here and i was studying computer engineering but i had to migrate because of the situation. i'm here trying to help my parents from what i hear and i send them at least thirty thousand a colombian pesos a week. that's about ten dollars in venice well a lot of money but here in colombia you can barely feed a family for
a day locals working outside the official system are finding it hard to share their customers with hundreds of new competitors. in the u.s. my income is not the same anymore we used to make seventy eighty thousand that we barely make thirty or twenty we have to find something else. the colombian economy has struggled over the last four years. oil prices dropping on the international market this has led to rising unemployment and ever more people working outside the system. depending on how you look at it that about fifty percent of the colombian labor market is informal that is outside the official sector. and venezuelans are coming in. with different types of informal businesses. especially on the streets and with entertainment activities.
they do jobs that don't require special permission or bureaucratic processes like in the financial sector or commercial business that. no one knows exactly how many of the venezuelans he have planned to stay some say about one hundred thousand into colombia every month that could mean over a million by the end of the year and this means not only instability for the unprepared colombian economy but also the threat of a major humanitarian crisis. to cornwall now one of britain's most picturesque coastal regions it's known for its stunning seaside towns surfing and sandy beaches but because of its location currents washed up tons of actually tons of plastic waste onto it shores that's about to change though in the town of penzance one activist has convinced the local economy to go plastic free
first in the u.k. . a scenic and wildly romantic dreamland the steep cliffs towering over cornwallis breathtaking coastline. cornwall's weather beaten location at the western tip of britain is at once both the country's charm and its a killie's he'll. wind and currents wash up more rubbish here than anywhere else in the british isles. cornwall is britain's rubbish dump. whenever racially yates goes down to the beach in penzance where she used to play as a child she brings a bucket. upsets me because i think it's a symptom of where a society has claimed you know gone off gone off track and it's all bad and it's a symptom of a lot of different things and things like community the way that we buy things the way that we know. so rachel has declared war on plastic against plastic waste and
the so called in different society she's shaken up her home challenge asking shops to get rid of disposable plastic bags and encouraging businesses are responding. replacing plastic straws with paper ones plastic cutlery with wood and biodegradable cups instead of plastic there's real momentum here a resistance as racial calls it thirty shops have signed up so far with a certificate they can proudly proclaim their premise plastic free. rachel makes the rounds of local businesses this wine shop wants to join in first it has to pass the checklist just as we know it is the plastics to sternness no you know cafe. is not plastic bottles in the shop in the west that you want to put. all ticked off the wine shop can say it's plastic free up to
a point there have to be some compromises. it doesn't mean complete plastic free means basically. plastics some plastic thing called. a complicated process and it's all about new ways of thinking some on the main shopping drag or finding it easier to change than others many of the big chains have never really bothered going green and are still quite happy to hand out plastic bags. that upsets town councillor simon reed who's proud to be leading the battle his small town against the rest of britain's rubbish that generates positive publicity and it's good for tourism. if you walk along the beach sometimes you can you see an astonishing amount of plastic waste especially this time of year after storm and we do get year round tourists people from germany on holiday. expect to see
shores clean simon and racial are planning the next step together even the local hospital wants to take part thanks to the support of the local council penzance is probably calling itself britain's first official plastic free town. a club founded by surfer set up the award for years corner surfers have been campaigning for the environment their concerns have long fallen on deaf ears but now things are changing in fact the surfers can spend as much time in the water as they used to. david smith and his colleagues have set off a wave of activity one hundred fifty coastal communities are working to get themselves certified plastic free. i think we're in a place where we're starting to know we need to catch up. so we can now really work hard persuading the government to put really strong
legislation in to help improve our environment start off them to make sure they bring and deposit returns going to actually help people until now european union legislation has been primarily responsible for enforcing a minimum level of environmental protection in britain but now the british government also wants to jump on the green bandwagon and is promising stricter standards of protection after breakfast when britain leaves the e.u. a case of wait and see rachel is putting her faith in the next generation rather than the politicians her next stop is at a school action on the single is plastics in your canteen or elsewhere in the school and this is these guys will help identify those things that you want a carefully picked group of young environmentalist there are keen to spread the word. it's like callous and just almost killing the wild i'm constantly not to my parents don't get the prostate by staring at the air but with the plastic and it's all about just continuing to change people's mindset. and so
here in penzance is britain's first plastic free school all thanks to some very engaged citizens. and. we're joined now by claire liason she's a berlin based research analyst at climate analytics that's a nonprofit dealing with climate change good morning clare what do you make of grassroots initiatives like the one in cornwall that we saw in our report there initiatives to reduce plastic waste do they make a difference i think what we've seen is a really import. into example here of communities getting together and trying to make a difference and an issue that is really it's a global problem it's a national problem and it's a community community level problem and similar to climate change and environmental issues it's really important to get community level action ok we're talking here about plastic waste plastic pollution there's a lot of it give us an idea of just how big this problem really is is not that it
is years problem and it's one set to get west so if we look at business as usual scenario where we don't do very much to stop plastics pollution we could end up with an ocean in which there is more pastika by weight than there are fish which is a really very alarming situation and so it's something that really the whole wells needs to get together and think about in particular asian countries are starting to produce more and more plastics where these countries do not have the infrastructure as we do in the e.u. for example to recycle plastic and this is going to be a bigger and bigger problem but you mentioned the e.u. in a report we heard the idea that the u.k. a is planning to impose tougher environmental restrictions or at least dealing with plastic then the e.u. is the e.u. not showing enough leadership on this issue the e.u. has shown a lot of leadership on this issue and it's actually e.u. legislation has forced the u.k.
to act on plastic we recently saw a plastic bag charge come in in the u.k. in supermarkets that is because of an e.u. directive similar to what you have in germany where you have to pay a bit of money every time you use a plastic bag that's only recently been introduced in the u.k. so a lot of e.u. environmental legislation really hinges upon. a lot of u.k. legislation hinges upon what the e.u. has been doing ok so that use is showing leadership but what about germany germany is a big country and europe a huge economy it's so big still and we still have plastic bags in this country we use them quite a lot how do you rate this come from countries efforts to deal with plastic waste. so germany has been the leader in the pasta germany has been known for its good recycling but it seems like germany is showing a decline starting to fall behind some of the countries we see that germany is the biggest producer of packaging waste in the e.u.
which is something that's quite alarming so coming from the u.k. i've seen a lot of good initiatives in germany like bottle recycling that's very common here much more common than it is in the u.k. but it's sad to see that that is declining and clearly the government needs to do something about that now last year broadening our discussion a bit two hundred countries around the world agreed to a new initiative for turning the tide on disposable plastic does that give you reason to be optimistic i am optimistic it's good to see governments pulling together to make action on this the question that remains about implementation will governments actually put this in place and it's a similar question to climate change where we now have a global agreement but what will actually happen will governments pull that weight will they do what is necessary to actually meet the targets. huge challenges lie ahead claire fice and a berlin based research analyst at climate analytics thanks for talking with this is morning thank you very much. the hundreds of thousands of syrians have fled
civil war in their country and come here to germany to find refuge many still have relatives back in their war torn homeland we met some syrians whose family members are stuck in the besieged areas of eastern. yesa soha me and his friends are from the scooter some of them they exchange updates from their relatives in this berlin cafe. i know. i had to shut my eyes it was she horrible soon it'll get even worse everyone here has extended family who suffered in the war you know for the day stuck two or three days underground without food or water. since the telephone network in east ghouta is unreliable relatives communicate mostly through recorded messages but sometimes they get
a direct connection for you doing my nephew. terrible uncle where you bombed today the army is getting closer. this man's nephew deserted the syrian army and says he faces certain death if they recapture his village since the outbreak of the revolution seven years ago yes a cell how many has been helping his beseeched relatives in the scooter by sending money whenever he can he help some of them get out of italy which got him in big trouble in the western german city of copeland's. and over the last ten twenty fourteen i was sentenced to three and a half years in prison there for people smuggling what else could i do if i had to help my relatives somehow. doesn't starve the other you know. how they're. moving. since east ghouta has been cut off many syrians in germany have been using smuggler networks to support their besieged relatives financially. a syrian kurd
is the only one willing to go on record as long as he can remain anonymous his customers hear about him by word of mouth and usually meet him in syrian cafes but since he doesn't want to be filmed there we meet him in a park. the regime has located all the streets of eastern ghouta points out everywhere where the ones to give one hundred euros to his mother all siblings comes away with just fifty or seventy five because everyone manning the checkpoints once a share of the money. despite words of encouragement in the arab media yes is so hot he knows the syrian army's recapture the scooter is only a question of time he hopes his family and the rest of the civilian population will survive the fighting and that no massacres will ensue to him the struggle for a free and democratic syria is all but dead now the only victory is survival.
and. moving on to yemen now another country ravaged by civil war for more than three years sport has also become a casualty the football league is shut down after fighting broke out but as the w correspondent all of a rama made the difficult journey into yemen he found professionals whose passion for the game can't keep them off the field even in the midst of civil war. a friendly match in the backyard of the national museum in the yemeni city of aden the professional players from. taking on an amateur third division side. this dusty patch of land is old a long established club has left the stadium has been partly destroyed and is now in a restricted military area and occupied by soldiers. the league in yemen stopped operating when the war broke out. the only chance professional players get to play football
is in friendly's like this. the guys are not as fit as they used to be because we don't train regularly and because they have no competitive games. they only train three or four times a month and the club only pays them pocket money they struggle to make ends meet just like the majority of people in yemen. and basically unemployed i was able to live well from football but that's all gone now i don't have enough anymore it's really tough for me and i have to think about doing something else to earn money maybe i'll join the army. there are many different factions operating in southern yemen with different goals . some want to separate state in the south. others are
fighting who think rebels in the north. the country is divided. and football is divided two. also because you see. there is only informal contacts with people in the north of the country. or where she might especially in those areas that are controlled by the who thing rebels. i'm on holiday him over. but we still have a joint national team about the robot here and it works. because of the value that was out. but the national team has not played in yemen for years because of the security situation. it has to play all its matches abroad. shops in aden is one of the lucky sides to still have
a stadium. and fans still watch the games. even if they are only friendly's. shooting times so happy to watch the games i feel great to be here with here these young guys and to support them. humans professional league may no longer exist but the people's love of football remains so many in yemen football provides a much needed escape from the brutal reality of civil war. and we're joined now by correspondent all of a rabbi who filed that report for us he joins us from cologne all of it yemen is a war torn country very few reporters traveled there how difficult was it for you to file the report we just saw it was very difficult to get into the country and that is the biggest obstacle anyway you took me about a year to climb all the bureaucrats and diplomatic letters and it was very
difficult to travel to india country it was rather it you compared to what happened before. tell us about the conditions that the people you spoke to there are facing how are they coping with life in a war zone. it's very difficult for the people there that you've seen it on the movie and film right now that you know football players are suffering they are completely hopeless and i think it's very much showing the situation in the country lots of people are homers that they do not know how does war will end when it is ended what will be human like song the signs that there's a lot of. there are a lot of difficulties due to sustain lie wages are down some not going to get any more players as well so everybody is frustrated everybody is also say
a little bit egli and hopeless ok so fotball seems to be surviving in yemen but doesn't look like it will carry on through the next generation do you see kids out on the streets playing playing football you know seen all kids all playing around in the streets and so on. everybody's enthusiastic about football but everybody's also yeah very say very sad that there's no football going on right now and because it is the national sport number one and this sport is rather death right now so you know people are very sorry about that but on the other hand side people also have other problems well there's no official soccer league in yemen right now but there are still friendlies being played as we saw how political or these merchants. political politic is playing into this football or certainly not probably when we
only have the friendly matches between local clubs but we act like a senior in film. they try to me trying to invite people from the north for example then the whole things get a political and. i've been talking to a manager from well as the station and he told me that it wanted to to create tournaments to invite all to from the north most blocked by the separatists from the south so football can become very political when you try to waltham north and south it's ok political is one saying i mean this is a country at war could these matches not also have the potential become dangerous i never had the feeling old friend these i've seen the measures seen that it was
the situation that was there was no anger that people were just watching but there was a lot was lacking of interest yes and because it's not a tournaments it's just a friendly so there was not the highest emotion i sensed but. i didn't and didn't feel danger at all there at these matches so it was friendly it was friendly and really like it is that in a friendly match. ok all over thanks for talking with us so all of a rama who filed that report their wrists for us in yemen and he is talking to us from cologne thanks a lot on the. before we go just reminder the top stories we're following for you here on d.w. news a former russian spy is critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance in england surrogates for paul and paul woman were found unconscious on a park bench screwball was convicted of treason in russia twelve years ago.
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