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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 21 September 2011

Extraordinary personal stories from around the world.

Today, the school teacher who became the head of Lebanon's only all-female cluster bomb clearing squad after losing five members of her family in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.

Also, the man whose name will forever be linked to the 1985 Brixton riots - Londoner Michael Groce explains how that experience made him put an end to his life of crime.

And, the champion US skydiver who was almost fatally injured in a plane crash but went on to jump again.

  • In pictures: Brixton riots

    In pictures: Brixton riots

    Images of the riots that took place in Brixton over three days in April 1981 and their aftermath

    Take a look at the pictures
  • Witness: The Brixton riots

    Witness: The Brixton riots

    In April 1981 the streets of South London erupted in violence. The fighting was mainly between young members of the black community and the Metropolitan police

    Listen to Witness



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