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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 23 January 2012

Extraordinary personal stories from around the world.

Today, Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler thought his life was over when he was kidnapped by the North African wing of al-Qaeda in Niger. He's the highest ranked UN official ever to be held captive and he tells Matthew Bannister how he survived being held for almost five months - and how he was eventually released.

Also, a young Egyptian woman on her struggle to escape violence and poverty thanks to a home for unmarried teenage mothers in Cairo.

And a colour blind artist from Spain on how a cybernetic "third eye" attached to his head allows him to "hear" colour.

  • 'Leak' led to UN kidnap in Niger

    'Leak' led to UN kidnap in Niger

    "Who could it be? It could be be the government of Niger. Could have been an al-Qaeda sympathiser in the UN office in Niger. In the UN office in West Africa. In the secretariat building in New York"

    Read more on the BBC News website
  • Colour blindness

    Colour blindness

    Colour blindness explained: what is it, why does it happen and can it be prevented?

    Read more on the BBC's Health website
  • The man who hears colour

    The man who hears colour

    Artist Neil Harbisson is completely colour-blind. Here, he explains how a camera attached to his head allows him to hear colour

    Read more on the BBC News website


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