Insult to Injury

How Bangladeshis feel about the influx of Rohingya refugees; a plague of fake news in Madagascar; the era which made Mugabe and the tale of a valuable artwork destroyed in France

Pascale Harter introduces stories about incomers, intruders and invaders from correspondents around the world.

As the world's focused its attention on the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar, Justin Rowlatt has talked to their new hosts - the Bangladeshi farmers, boatmen and officials just over the Naf river who are trying to help the refugees. So far there's been an astonishing amount of human warmth and generosity - but how long will that last?

Sally Hayden's been in the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, to see how viral rumours can hinder the fight against an infectious disease. Madagascar's trying to stop an outbreak of plague - both bubonic and pneumonic - in the teeth of tremendous public mistrust and an epidemic of misinformation online.

As Zimbabwe settles in to a new dispensation under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, veteran correspondent Fergal Keane remembers the era which made Robert Mugabe - an age, now long past, when the 'frontline states' united to fight apartheid in South Africa and the African continent was scarred by the proxy conflicts of the Cold War.

And David Chazan reveals why he destroyed an artwork which might have been valued at thousands of euros. To him, it just seemed like a few tiles which his lodgers had applied to a bedroom wall. It turns out that this mural by French street artist Invader could have been worth a small fortune if left intact...

Photo: Rohingya Muslim refugees hide from the Bangladeshi security forces amid the rice in a paddy field, in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on November 2, 2017. ( DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Available now

23 minutes


Download this programme

Subscribe to this programme or download individual episodes.

FOOC at 60: Memorable Reports

Archive despatches from places including Libya, Hong Kong, Liberia, Paris and Russia.