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Liberia - Evacuation - Algeria

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 07 May 2011

John McCarthy looks at Liberia and Sierra Leone with journalist and author Tim Butcher who retraced a journey without maps made by Graham Greene in 1935. The dangers of heat and disease are still there but on his 350 mile walk through the jungle Tim also encountered a region riddled with post-conflict tensions and superstitions.

Photographer Marion Bull tells John about her travels usually made on her own to physically challenging places - in particular to the deserts of Algeria, where she is fascinated by rock paintings but is also drawn to the harsh and sometimes risky life among the Tuareg people.

And when life in a country becomes too risky for visitors, they may well call on their insurance company to repatriate them. John meets specialist Ted Jones who organises the evacuation of clients from political, medical or natural crises such as recent events in Libya, Egypt or Japan after the tsunami.

Producer: Harry Parker.


    Tim Butcher was chief war correspondent, Africa Bureau chief, and Middle East Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph between 1990 and 2009. His previous book Blood River was about a journey up the Congo River in the footsteps of Henry Morton Stanley. He is a regular contributor to From Our Own Correspondent and has written for numerous British, US and international publications. He is now freelance and lives in Cape Town.

    Chasing the Devil – On Foot through Africa’s Killing Fields
    Publisher: Vintage
    ISBN: 9780099532064


    Ted Jones served in the British Army in Macedonia, Kosovo, Iraq and Northern Ireland. He is now CEO of Northcott Global Solutions, a company that arranges medical care and repatriation, usually through insurance companies, for travellers in difficulties abroad.

    Northcott Global Solutions

    Marion Bull is a freelance photographer and travel writer. She has worked for most of the major broadsheets as well as travel magazines and websites. She usually travels alone and often to challenging destinations.

    Find out more about Marion Bull
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    Before travelling to places mentioned in this programme please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

    Foreign & Commonwealth Office


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