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the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5pm et / 2pm pt only on al jazeera america . >> seeking justice for victims of rape - a verdict is expected in a landmark trial of 39 soldiers in democratic republic of congo. . i'm jane dutton, you are watching al jazeera. on the programme - we will get them out. nigeria's president promises to free over 200 kidnapped school girls was his government faces criticism. survivors of afghanistan's landslide makes a plea for help.
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two weeks after an avalanche kills 16 sherpas on mt everest, their families are still waiting for compensation. the biggest rape trial in the history of democratic republic of congo is about to reach its conclusion. 130 women that say they were raped by government soldiers are waiting to find out if they'll get justice. a special military court is considering its verdict. malcolm web reports. >> reporter: this woman says when she was 16 rebels abducted her and kept her prisoner for six months, raping her repeatedly. when she escaped she was pregnant. in november 2012, a few months after giving birth, things got worse. >> translation: we heard government soldiers were coming and looting.
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16 came to where we were hiding. there was 14 of us. they raped all of us. they took my baby boy when they were finished. i found him later, but he died. >> reporter: the soldiers retreated along this ride, after being defeated by the m 28 rebels. after reaching here they went on a spree of looting and raping, lasting three days. under mounting international pressure 39 suspects were charged before a military court. the most recent hearings were held in this town haul in the provincial capital of goma. perpetrators rarely stand trial. this man works with victims of violence. >> translation: you act like you are arresting someone.
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later you find them out and about. the rape victim will feel unsafe because officials said he was arrested. you find him walking down the street. he was sentenced to some years. after a few weeks he's out. >> meanwhile the rapists are awaiting a final verdict and are waiting to see if this unprecedented trial will bring change. we can talk to malcolm on the phone from goma where the trial is taking place. it seems significant the fact that something is being done. is it considered a step forward for justice, malcolm? >> well, that's what everywhere is waiting to see. we are outside the building where the verdict is going be read right now, waiting for the judges to arrive. the victims and human rights activists say that it could be a real turn around for the safety of women and rape survivors in
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congo if there are serious sentences not only to the soldiers, but some senior ranking officers implicated as well. on the other hand if, for example, the senior ranking officers are singled out, if it will be upheld in a few weeks or month, if they are out and about again. it could be smoke and mirrors, business as usual. the activists say it needs a strong message, and it isn't okay, and there are implications and you get in trouble if you rape someone. that's what they are hoping this trial will bring. >> malcolm, we'll talk to you throughout the day. thanks for that. >> nigeria's president goodluck jonathan has appealed for international help to find 276
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kidnapped girls, there has been a public outcry with families saying they haven't done enough to rescue the girls. this report from abuja. >> nigerians at the church in abuja praying for the kidnapped girls to be found. there's popular pressure on the president goodluck jonathan. he set up a committee to investigate how the abductions took place, and why the rescue effort so far failed. some churchgoers are planning overnight vigils until the girls are found. >> this is pitiful. i am a father. i have daughters and a son. it's painful. if i put myself in the shoes of the parents. >> in a question and answer session with journalists on state tv the president said this on the missing girl. >> it was believed that he may get him out. what we request is maximum
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cooperation from the appearance of these girls. up to this time, they have not been able to clearly give the police the identity of the girls yet to return. >> public anger is fuelled by the conflicting figures from the different level of government about how many girls are affected. >> they tell lies about finding 121 girls. while after some times we discover that it was a pure lie. and i believe they are still working on the lies. they are not doing anything up to now. they have been promising us that these girls would be found. up to this moment i am talking nothing has been done. >> the anger is as high as it is because schools have been attacked before. in february '59 children were killed at a school nearby,
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despite millions spent on fighting the group. >> the military insists there was an ongoing operation to free the girls, but will not give up details for what it calls security reasons. i asked when the presidential committee is expected to report back. despite the international pressure a presidential spocks person would only say -- spokesperson would only say soon. >> the chinese premier signed 16 cooperation agreements with ethiopia. he arrived in the east african nation on sunday for the first leg of his four nation african tour. the deals include loans and cooperation agreements for the construction of roads and industrial zones. 15 afghan arm which trucks arrived in badakhshan. laden with tents and supplies to help the survivors of the landslide. 2,000 are missing. twice that number lost their homes. we have this report from scene
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of the disaster. this boy is 15, but has lost so much. his mother, two sisters, two brothers are buried in this mountain of mud. >> translation: at the time of the landslide i was holding my mother's hand. somehow it slipped and i escaped, else i would have been buried in the same place with him. >> he knows his family is gone, but he needs to find their bodies for his own peace of mind. >> translation: i want to see their dead bodies, their face, so i can come to terms with it. we have been working for two days without food and water. i'm devastated. i lost everything i have in my life. my wife and children are buried under the mud. >> the house is standing on the hillside providing an ideal of what the village looks like when it was whole. now it's torn in two. >> hundreds of people are
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camping out in dispirit conditions. they have been given tents, and aid agencies continued to provide food, water and medicine. people here fear that another part of the mountain could collapse at any time. people told al jazeera that the aid they are getting is not enough. the tents are helping to protect survivors from the rain. many people are going hungry. there is not enough food and water to go around. >> right now we are working on a recovery mission. people leave immediately for the shelter. they need food. they don't have a place to cook right now. we are bringing in food for them. >> people are upset because the government has given up a search for bodies. the government of the province said the houses are under too much mud.
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>> translation: that's why we are digging by ourselves. the government is not helping us at all to recover our family, we'll dig more, even if it takes 10 days. i'll look for my family as long as i breath. there's no other option. >> the ideas that the homes would be turned into a mass grave is too much for many of these people to bear. their houses are gone. the mountain is a threat. the future of the village is in doubt. for now, they dig. more than 60 prisoners have been freed in the southern ukranian city of odessa after pro-russian activists scormed the police headquarters. ranks of riot officers made no resistance as men battered their way into the building. tensions are high. jonah hull reports. >> reporter: to cries of "our
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heroes", they emerged from the police station, more than 60 pro-russian protesters who had taken part in violence in odessa friday night. for hours as riot police simply looked on from behind their shields, the crowd shouted "freedom", demanding the release of those inside. some forced their way into a vehicle entrance. once inside they seemed to be on the brink of complete control. and then from somewhere an apparent police decision to aqueous. >> reporter: this is a city where great violence happened sunday night and is on the verge of happening again. the police force, widely blamed for failing to step in, has actively decided to stand back and do nothing in order to prevent it from happening again.
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>> the crowd's anger was inspired by what many saw when they were allowed into the blackened remains of the city adds trade union building. dozens of protesters, labelled pro-russians died in a blaze on friday, trapped in the building of pro-ukraine crowds, as they encircled them outside. >> translation: i'm going to seek revenge for my people, for every drop of blood of the victims. ukraine's interim prime minister arseniy yatsenyuk was in odessa on sunday. he blamed russia for instigating the violence and vowed to root out corruption in the police force that he says did nothing to stop it. in this section of the population his words have little meaning. still to come on al jazeera - finding work in south africa. why unemployment is a major
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election issue. and promise payouts are on the way, but not soon enough for the families of sherpas killed on everest.
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jonathan appealed for international help to find 276 kidnapped girls. there's growing public anger because of the government's failure to rescue them. they were abducted three weeks ago. 15 trucks arrived in badakhshan full of supplies. relatives criticised the government for giving up the search for the bodies. three more have been killed in kenya. two crowded buses were hit by home made bombs, days after twin explosions killed people in the port city of mombassa. >> reporter: bombs on two buses in nairobi exploded after 5:30pm on sunday. they were travelling down a busy highway. dozens were rushed to kenyatta general hospital. >> one out of 16 are dead.
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six are critically injured. all are in stable condition at the moment and are being attended to. >> no one claimed responsibility. bombings have increased in kenya since the army interned somalia to -- entered some articlia to fight al-shabab. they have escalated. >> grenades were thrown at a bus, and a bomb was discovered in an upmarket hotel in the same town. kenya's government vowed to step up its security crackdown, named operation security watch. attackers are able to strike targets in major cities at will. with one in four south africans out of work job creation is a major election issue. 20 years ever a the fall of apartheid black people are more
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likely to be jobless than whites. >> millions of south africans were cut out of the world of business during apartheid. >> changing that is a challenge. the government's policy of black economic empowerment. or bee helped. it put some blacks in charge of businesses that used to exclude them. under them is a layer of white middle managers that can't get past the skin colour. >> the government is saying there needs to be a transformation. the c.e.o. tells them that. the chairman and directors tell them that but, you know what, it's not getting done. >> dunka enjoys passing his bee benefits to decorators, giving her sample books and space to displace her work. otherwise she'd have to meet clients here, and she struggles against prejudice. >> it's difficult to go past the attitude or the way of thinking.
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i think it's a long way for us who are black interior decorators, to get our foot into, like, the white market. >> she has taken a trainee. >> reporter: this person is at the end of a train of efficiencies of black economic empowerment policies that the african government says are necessary because there are millions of unemployment black people. bee says it created a black elite, and not enough jobs. most black people are in low skilled employment like mining. they are dripped by a stripe. south african mines are supposed to be 26% black owned. bee requirements and unrest can deter foreign investors. >> they look at that and would rather go elsewhere. it has an impact on creating new
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jobs, factories, opportunities for south africans. >> the miners have taken their fight all the way to the seat of government. they'll be among the millions of people keen to see if the union buildings occupants have new ideas to solve the problems of race discrimination and unemployment. the murder trial of oscar pistorius is due to resume. his defense team will cause witnesses after a 2-week break. oscar pistorius denies killing his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. he says he shot through a toilet door, smoking her for an intruder. malaysia, china and australia will continue to search for the missing malaysian plane and will strengthen cooperation. they'll re-assess data from the 2 million square kilometres of
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ocean. at one point it was narrowed to 10 [ kilometres after black box siingless from detected. it found nothing. a ship collided with another container vessel and sunk, it's a serious incident in a busy port since 2012. china is hosting asia's largest conference on mobile internets. they run 600 million internet users in china. 80% access the web via their smartphones. adrian brown is at the conference. >> reporter: this is a contradirection. today this posts 600 million internet users, and they are getting their information using smartphones. 80% of chinese internet users
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use a smartphone to access the web. china is the biggest smartphone market in the world. that said, of course, china is a country which has some of the tightest internet restrictions. we had a reminder last week when weibo, china's version of twitter, was ordered to pay a fine of five million yuan, $$800,000 u.s., for publicing -- publishing material deemed obscene. despite this, all the key players are here, including facebook. that's interesting because facebook is banned in chinament their presence is testament to the fact that they hope to be allowed to operate here. the question, i suppose, the dilemma for the foreign companies operating in china, and hoped to operate in this country is are they prepared to abide by the rules laid down by the chinese government in return
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for a share of the profits. the death toll from violence in the indian state has rich to 34. the army has been sent to restore order. security is tight. police blam rebels for the attacks. the group is accused of targetting immigrants to bangladesh. 90 have died or been injured after a train crash which came off the tracks 100km south of mumbai. rescuers had to cut through metal to reach people inside. it is not clear what caused the accident. an investigation is underway. gerry adams received a hero said welcome after a release from police custody. he claimed his detention over the 1972 murder of a morth of 10 was designed to undermine support in upcoming elections. >> it looked like it would end
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in a standoff. protesters blocked what they thought was a convoy, carrying gerry adams to freedom. the impasse went on for several minutes. a short distance away the cavalcade was making its departure unhindered, racing towards a press conference in belfast. gerry adams arrived a hero to his supporters, and immediately addressed accusations about the ira murder of jean mcconville in 1972. >> i'm conscious that there is another family at the heart of all of this, and that is the family of jean mcconville. let me be very clear. i am innocent of any involvement in any conspiracy to abduct, kill or bury mrs. jean mcconville. i have worked hard with others to have this injustice readdressed and for the return
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of bodies of others killed during the conflict. >> he went on to talk about a dark side in northern ireland that had no interest in peace. >> i'm an irish republican, i want to live in a peaceful ireland based on equality. i've never dissociated myself from the ira, and i never will. i'm glad that i and others have created a peaceful democratic way forward for everyone. the ira has gone. finished. >> mr adams told his press conference that he wrote much of his statement in his cell. he criticised the so-called boston college tape-recordings that led to recent allegations, describing them as dubious accusations from disgruntled individuals. gerry adams faces the possibility of charges. a police file of hours of
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interrogation will be sent to prosecutors. if they think a trial is justified and in the public interest, they will proceed. tim friend, al jazeera, belfast. the election of libya's new prime minister has been declared invalid by the country's deputy parliamentary speaker. after being sworn in - there was confusion after the deputy speaker said the procedure was invalid. al jazeera is demanding the release of its journalists detained in egypt for 128 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed are accused of falsifying news and conspiring with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. it's been declared a terrorist organization. a fourth journalist, al jazeera arabic's abdullah al-shami has
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been detained since last august. he's been on hunger strike for 105 days. al jazeera rejects the charges. >> it's been two weeks since 16 nepali guides died after an avalanche on mt everest. many from the bread winners for their families. their relatives are reliant on government examination. as reported from the capital kathmandu, the money is failing to come through. >> reporter: grief for a sun who lost his father. he had been to the summit of everest nine times, supporting paid clients, spending 20 years helping them achieve their dreams. >> translation: he was an honest and decent man. he helped everyone, i miss him a lot. >> now a monk leads prayers this his home, where the families observe the traditional 49 days of mourning. these rituals can costs tens of
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thousands, and so far the family received no money from the government. the 21-year-old daughter has to look after the brother, sister, mother and grandmother. >> translation: i'm the oldest in my family. it's my responsibility to look after my family. if i get a sponsor, i will continue my studies. if i don't. i'll work and let my brother and sister continue their studies. >> the nepal mountaineering president says every family of the dead has been given $500, and eventually will get about $10,000. the tourism minister said there's been delays but the first payments will be within two weeks. >> it will take time, but i decided already these things. government give the money and other things. >> mountain guides are well paid compared to most in nepal.
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they can earn between $4,000-$8,000 a year, many tames times the national average. it's dangerous work. many in the sherpa community live in kathmandu and have no interest in the mountains. those that do want to become guides are better educated, more savvy and have the same rites as international climbers. >> reporter: this is an area where many of the sherpa community life. they'll come here to prayer for those that they lost. perhaps they'll get what they want from the government and international climbing community. share a thought for those continuing a trekking season in the world's tallest mountain. thailand's king held a ceremony to mark 64 years since his coronation. the king is the longest serving monarch in the world. he's reigned in a country where those that criticised the royal
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family can be imprisoned for up to 15 years. so-called red shirts support the acting prime minister, they are opposed to the law. if you want to find out more about what is going on in thailand or in the world, log on to the website. the address hello i am i am richard againstburg. you are at the listening post. a huge news story in nigeria and why the coverage is so scarce. the philippines where journalism does not come easily. ethiopia says it doesn't care what human rights groups think. it's putting another 9 journalists on trial. chalk one up to the imagination in our wid