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From Our Own Correspondent - North Korea and Burkina Faso

Rupert Wingfield Hayes explain how Choco Pie biscuits reveal hidden weaknesses in the Pyongyang regime; Emilie Filou joins the Burkinabe 'human flystrips' fighting river blindness

Pascale Harter introduces insight and analysis from correspondents and writers around the world. Rupert Wingfield Hayes explains how the thriving trade in Choco Pie biscuits and smuggled DVDs reveals hidden weaknesses in the Pyongyang regime. Are North Koreans really as isolated from the rest of the world as foreign analysts and media tend to assume? On the banks of the Kou River in Burkina Faso, Emilie Filou joins a brave team of animal hunters who actually volunteer to be bitten. Their quarry is tiny, but still a menace: the black fly, less than a millimetre long yet a crucial vector for the scourge of river blindness.

  • Broadcast on BBC World Service, 9:50AM Mon, 6 May 2013
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC World Service, 2:50AM Mon, 6 May 2013
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  • Duration 10 minutes

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