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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 29 August 2012

Extraordinary personal stories from around the world.

Today, the curious case of David Hemler, the man who claims to be an American serviceman who deserted from the air force in 1984. He recently resurfaced in Sweden after living a secret life for 28 years.

And the war orphan from Sierra Leone who made her dreams come true by becoming a professional ballerina.

  • David Hemler: 28 years on the run

    David Hemler: 28 years on the run

    "I expected everyone to be angry, and I deserved to be scolded, but everyone was just so happy I was back that no one even asked for an explanation. They were just happy to know that I was alive and well"

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