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> reports of gun fire, desperate families scramble for aid in afghanistan. i'm jane dutton, you're watching al jazeera. also on the programme - seeking justice for victims of rape. a verdict is expected in a landmark trial for 69 soldiers in the democratic republic of congo. we'll get them out - nigeria's president promises to free over 260 stolen school girls. his government faces growing criticism. two weeks after an avalanche
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killed 16 sherpas on mt everest, families are waiting for compensation. . there has been reports of a shooting at the site of friday's landslide in afghanistan. up to 4,000 people are homeless and in desperate need of help. the fighting broke out when 15 afghan army trucks arrived at the scene of the disaster, laid ep with tents and surprise. this report from the scene of the disaster. >> reporter: this boy is 15 years old but has lost so much. his mother, along with his two sisters, two brothers, are buried in the mountain of mud. >> translation: at the time of the landslide i was holding my mother's hand. it slipped. i escaped, else i would have been buried in the same place with them. >> he knows his family is gone.
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he says he needs to find their bodies for his own peace of mind. >> translation: i want to see their dead bodies. i want to see 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 still standing on the hillside and provides on idea of what the village looked like when it was whole. now it's torn in two. >> reporter: hundreds of people are camping out in desperate conditions. they have been given tents and aid agencies provided food, water and medicine. people here fear that another part of the mountain could cal apps any time. >> people have told al jazeera that the aid there is not enough. the tents are helping to protect survivors from the rain. many people are going hungry.
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there is not enough food and water to go around. >> right now we are working on recovery as you see. people need shelter and we brought the tents for them. and they need food. they don't have a place to cook. we are bringing in food. >> people are upset because the government gave up the search for bodies. the government says the houses are under too much mud. >> translation: that's why we are digging here by ourselves. the government is not helping awes 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 we breathe. there's no other option. >> the idea that their homes be turned into a mass grave is too much more many to bear. the houses are gone. the
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mountain is still a threat the future of the village is in doubt. for now they are dead. the biggest rape trial in the history of democratic republic of congo is about to reach its conclusion. 130 women say they were raped by government soldiers are waiting to find out if they'll get justice. a military court is considering its verdict. malcolm webb reports from the town at the center of the allegations. >> this woman says when she was 16 rebels abducted her and kept her imprisoned for six months, raping her. when she escaped she was pregnant. in november 2012, a few months after giving birth, things got worse. >> we heart government soldiers were -- heard government soldier were coming and looting. 17 game into where we were eying. there were 14 of us. after they were finished one of them took my baby boy.
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i found him the next day. later he died. >> she is one of dozens of women who say they were raped at the same time. >> reporter: the soldiers were defeated and meant along this town. when they got to this town, they went on a spree of looting and raping. a year later under mounting international pressure 39 of the suspects were charged before a military court and the first case of its kind in congo. >> the recent hearings were held in in town hall in the capital of goma. perpetrators rarely stand trial. this man works with victims of violence, and says sentences are rarely upheld, and impunity means the attacks continue. >> they act like they arrest someone. the rape victim feels unsafe.
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officials say he was arrested, and you find him walking down the street. he's sentenced for years, and after a few weeks they are out. >> meanwhile the rapists are waiting for the judge's verdict and waiting to see if this trial will bring any change. malcolm webb joins us live from goma where the trial is taking plaus. any word from the court? . >> the line is a bit bad. but if you... >> i'm wondering if you can hear me. it's jane dutton, i wonder if you have been able to get any sense of how this is playing out from the court? >> well, a short while ago the suspects arrived, coming in a truck. most are detained. they are lower ranking soldiers
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have been detained throughout the duration of the hearings. they are locked in the back of a shipping diner, in the back of a truck and brought to a side entrance and filed in one by one. some of the officials arrived. they are waiting for some judges to come before the proceedings continue. meanwhile when they did attend, they were covered in veils and festified from behind curtains. for their safety most are not in goma, they are not attending the hearing. they'll be hoping for a decisive verdict. they'll be hoping for tough gaol sentences and a clear message. it could be, for the first time in congo, a clear message that this type of atrocity will not be tolerated. let's go back to the top story in afghanistan.
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we'll speak to our correspond live from badakhshan. tell us more about the reports of gunfire and anger that broke out earlier on. what happened? >> reporter: well, there was a disagreement between a member of parliament and a local commander here on taking charge of the distribution here. now, there are a lot of people and they are taking lists, the names of the people, trying to organise the distribution. everyone is rushing, trying to get whatever they can, but the government have to organise these distribution. now, today the deputy government was here, the afghan army commander was here, sitting with tribal elders trying to organise the distribution. international aid agencies have brought aid today.
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the amount of aid is more than three days before, more than two days before. today we see more trucks coming in, but the aid distribution needs to be organised, needs to be distributed properly and to the people who deserved it most. >> what about the gruesome operation of retrieving bodies, has there been success there? >> well, the government hasn't started anything to recover the dead bodies. those families affected, whose houses are under the mud, they - they have also disagreement, a fight with the people here. they went back to the - to their place, and they start digging. they are digging themselves now. >> what is likely to happen to them. i know many of those who were affected by this are worried about the rains, the weather and the fact that there is possibly
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a threat of more landslides. do they want to move? >> well, the people in the village has already been moved to another location, as you can see behind me. they have put tents for them on outskirts of that village. for now, they've been moved temporarily from the village because people are worried that there might be another collapse of landslides. >> let's leave it there. thank you for that update. nigeria's president goodluck jonathan has appealed for international help to find 276 kud napped girls. there has been a public outcry with families saying the government have not done enough to rescue the school girls who have been missing for three weeks now. >> reporter: nigerians are at a church praying for the kidnapped girls to be found.
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there's popular pressure on the president. he's set up a commission to work out how the abduction took place and why the rescue effort has so far failed. >> some church goers are planning overnight vigils until the girls are found. >> i am a father, i have children, daughters, a son. it's painful. if i put myself in the shoes. >> in a question and answer session with journalists on state tv the president said this on the missing girls. >> i would believe that they will get them out. what we request is marminial cop -- marginal cooperation from the guardians and parents of the girls. up to this time they've not been able to come clearly to give the police clear identity. >> public anger is fuelled by
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the conflicting figures from different levels of government about how many girls have been affected. >> they told 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 that lie. they are not doing anything up to now. they have been promising us that these girls would be found. up to this moment i'm talking nothing has been done. >> the anger is as high as it is because schools have been attacked before. in february '59 students were killed by boko haram at a school nearby, and that is despite billions spent on fighting the group. >> reporter: meanwhile the military insists there's an ongoing operation to free the girt. i ask when the presidential committee on the abductions is expected to report back.
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despite the international pressure a presidential spokes person would only say soon. the chinese premier signed 16 cooperative agreements. he arrived in east africa 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. more than 60 prisoners have been freed in odessa after pro-russian activists stormed the police headquarters. ranks of riot police offered no resistance as men armed with clubs battered their way into the building. tensions are high after a trade union was burnt on friday and over 30 were killed. >> reporter: to cries of "our heroes" they emerged from a police station, more than 60 arrested for taking part in the
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extreme violence in odessa on friday night. for hours, as riot police simply looked on from behind the shields, the crowd had shouted "freedom", demanding the release of those inside. some forced their way into a vehicle entrance to the police station. 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 in which great violence happened friday night and was on the verge of happening again. it seemed as if the police force widely criticised for failing, actively decided here to stand back and do nothing in order to prevent it happening again. >> the crowd's anger was inspired by what many saw when they were allowed into the
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blackened remains of the trade union building. dozens of protesters labelled pro-russians died in a blaze, trapped in the building of pro-ukraine crowds, as they circled outside. >> i'm going to seek revenge for my people, for every drop of blood of our 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 said did nothing to stop it. in this section of the population his words had little meaning. still ahead on al jazeera - no water or electricity. we hear the election hopes of someone living in south africa's poorest townships. happy families. australia is to make adoption
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the top stories an al jazeera. there has been reports of shooting at the site of friday's landslide this avering. up to 4,000 people are homeless and in desperate need of help. fighting broke out when 15 afghan army trucks arrived with supplies. in the democratic republic of congo a verdict is expected in the biggest rape trial in the country's history. dozens of congolese soldiers are accused of raping 130 women and girls. nigeria's president goodluck
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jonathan appealed for international help to find 276 kidnapped girls, there's growing anger over the government's failure to rescue the girls abducted three weeks ago. >> three people have been killed after a bomb attack in kenya. two crowded buses were hit by home-made bombs in nairobi. it comes after twin explosions killed two people in the port city. jane ferguson reports. >> reporter: bombs on two buses in the capital nairobi exploded 4:30pm. they were travelling close to one another down a busy highway in the city center. dozens were rushed to kenyatta distribute hospital. >> one out of the 16 arrived dead. six are critically injured. all of them are in stable condition at the moment and are being attended to by the medical team. >> no one claimed
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responsibility, but bombings in kenya increased sippings the country's military entered somalia to fight the group in 2011. in recent months they escalated dramatically. less than 24 hours before this attack grenades were thrown at a bus in mombassa. a bomb was discovered in an upmarket hotel in the same town. kenya's government vowed to step up its counter security crackdown, named operation security watch. attackers are still able to strike targets in major cities at will. the international community has been accused of not doing enough to help millions of refugees who fled syria. thousands continue to leave their homes to escape the fighting. we have this report from the refugee camp. >> reporter: the syria refugee crisis is described as the most
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catastrophic humanitarian disaster since the rwandan gowno side. those were the words at a meeting of host countries. in a camp in jordan, several foreign ministers agreed that it's time for the international community to increase its support for syrian refugees, and the country's hosting them. >> we call on the international community to step up to the challenge, to be more active and forthcoming, and we remind that this crisis has reached levels in which lip service and fig leaves are beyond being unhelpful, but are counterproductive and have become a distraction from the issues. >> this year the unhcr requested 425 billion to cope with the refugee crisis. so far 25% of the money has been received. this time there were calls on
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more countries to open their borders to syrians leaving their country because of the war. >> it is necessary that countries, not only the countries of the region, but around the world, keep borders open to syrian refugees. >> there was criticism of the international community's failure to find a political solution, particularly the u.n. security council. >> yes, the security council unfortunately does not impose anything on the regime. waiting for the mercy of the regime does not help us. >> there are now 3 million refugees outside syria, and 6.5 million displaced internally. >> governments and countries neighbouring syria are frustrated by what they call the world's ipp adequate response -- inadequate response. that explains why the refugees living under harsh conditions are struggling and suffering every day. >> that man from doha has been
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rifling in a camp for -- living in a camp for over a year. there has to be support because he's afraid they could end up livelying here for several -- living here for self years. >> translation: we thought we would be here for days, now it could be 10 years. >> the ministers at the meeting say the crisis is growing at an unimaginable rate. none spent it to end soon. the election of libya's new prime minister has been declared invalid bit the deputy parliamentary speaker. he was sworn in with the support of two third of parliament, but there's confusion after the procedure was said to not have been properly followed. >> al jazeera demonstrates the release of its journalists, detained for 128 days, peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed are accused of falsifying news and conspiring with the outlawed muslim
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brotherhood. it's been declared a terrorist organization by egypt's government. a fourth journal al jazeera arabic's abdullah al-shami has been detained since august, and has been on hunger strike for 105 days. al jazeera rejects the charges. >> 95 have been injured in a train crash in western india, coming off the tracks 100km south of mumbai. rescuers had to cut through metal to rescue people. it's unclear what caused the accident. an having is underway. malaysia, china and australia pledged to continue the safe for the plane that disregard two months ago. they'll re-assess data from the 200 square kilometres of ocean. at one point it was narrowed to 10 square kilometres, an underwater search found nothing.
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a chinese cargo ship that sunk off the coast of hong kong, 11 crew members missing. it collided with another container vessel. it's one of the most serious incidents since 2012 in a busy port. australia is changing its adoption system to make it easier to adopt children from abroad. there has been several scandals, some feel relaxing the system may not be a good idea. >> reporter: when this boy was nine months old. she was adopted from thailand where she was hiving in an ornanage. the story was unusual. there was 129 intercountry adoptions by australian parents. even adoptions that happen are the result of bureaucracy and heartache. >> it seemed to go on and on and on. it got to the point where, i think, everybody was just
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getting worn out with the wait. >> so australia government has announced agreements with a number of other countries to simplify adoptions ofs their children by australian couples, and an overhaul of australia own bureaucracy. >> i hope this is significant new hope for parents without children, and significant new hope for children without persons. >> for those with children adopted from abroad and trying to help others do the same, the overhaul is welcomed. >> less complications and negativity. a streamlined approach and entering into agreements with a larger number of sending countries. all of those things will make the process a better one. >> as we forgive them... >> but others are concerned. for a long time in australia adoption was a dirty word. recent governments had to
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apologise to a stolen generation of aboriginal children taken from their parents and quarter of a million people who as babies were forcibly adopted because their birth parents were unmarried. an international agreement, the hague convention, overseas into country adaption, but some are concerned that not all countries are signatories. >> essentially the wrong children may be stream lined. children that have been experienced trafficking and trafficked into country adoption strament. children separated from their families, but are not genuine orphans. >> australia's government thinks its safeguards will be enough. >> reporter: there are thousands of australian couples straight to adopt and thousands of children in need of homes. australia government is edging forward, but is only too aware of the risks. the murder trial of south african athlete oscar pistorius has resumed. his defense team are calling
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witnesses after a two week break. oscar pistorius denies deliberately killing his girlfriend reeva steenkamp last week, and says he shot through a toilet door after smoking her for an intruder. >> in south africa elections approached. there's dissatisfaction with the recalling a.n.c. because of poverty that grips large parts of the country. the eastern capes is regarded as the poorest. almost 90% has no electricity. we met a resident. a 31-year-old. >> i live here in this shack. this area is closer to the town, due to the fact of where we are located and placed here by the apartheid system. it was a town then but now it's not a town, it's the worst of the worst area to live in. here this is the toilet. if you check, there's no
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privacy. look at that. children coming into this toilet - my humanity has been taken away. who can live in such conditions. sups, i don't know when -- since, i don't know when, they say they are going to build the houses. inside, this is how of situation is, when it's raping, it's poring inside. for those there's nothing they can do. they buy a cappedle or live in -- candle or live in the dark. that's the situation. it's not a big number working. crime is rife in this area. i will vote. but my vote doesn't mean that i'm satisfied. there are people who are misusing the moneys that were supposed to be given to build the houses. >> let us name and shame the people. while they are taking our mummies, we are suffering. the organization is suffering,
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