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tv   Our World Inside the Taliban...  BBC News  January 29, 2022 4:30am-5:01am GMT

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the us has warned that the build—up of russian troops on the ukraine border is the largest since the cold war. earlier, the russian president, vladimir putin, told french president, emmanuel macron, that he had no plans for an offensive, but that nato had failed to address russia's main demands. after days of confusion over the publishing date of the downing street lockdown parties report, it is now expected to be delivered without waiting for the police inquiry. the exact timing is still unclear. there had been speculation that the report might be delayed because of a metropolitan police request. tens of thousands of people have been cut off by flood waters following torrential rains brought by tropical storm ana. at least 86 people across madagascar, mozambique, and malawi have died. rescue workers have struggled to reach regions where roads and bridges have washed away.
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british sign language, is on course to become a legally recognised language in england, scotland and wales, with the uk government saying it will back a new bill, debated in the house of commons. with more details here's the bbc�*s �*see hear�* presenter, yvonne cobb, and our political correspondent, helen catt. outside parliament, the biggest demonstration by deaf people for more than 20 years — backing a call for british sign language to be given legal status, just like welsh. among them, danieljillings, he's been campaigning for gcse to be established in british sign language but says giving bsl legal status will help children with their other exams. it will give deaf people, deaf children, the right to their exams in their own language, and it would be seen as an equal, like spanish, for example. for scott garthwaite, known to his tv viewers as the punk chef, it's about equality. well, i feel it will give a lot of deaf people more opportunities.
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time to flourish, for example, and in employment. you know, there are so many barriers that we face and we get discriminated against, wejust keep facing the barriers. rose ayling—ellis has backed the call too, she brought british sign language to the attention of millions when she won strictly come dancing, last year. now the government has said it will support a bill in parliament put forward by the labour mp, rosie cooper. this is saying government departments must recognise and use british sign language. therefore, out of their budget, they have to make those adjustments. so, this is not overnight, don't be fooled, but this is the beginning of a huge move forward, huge. the bill has passed its second reading. there's a sense of a real coming together behind the issue. the bill will still need to pass through parliament and there is also a shortage of british sign language
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interpreters — they cost about £280 a day. for daniel, though, it's a step in the right direction. yvonne cobb and helen catt, bbc news, westminster. now on bbc news, yalda hakim travels back to afghanistan to find out what the country is like under taliban rule. last is like under taliban rule. year, after 20 years of war, last year, after 20 years of war, the taliban retook afghanistan. 0ver100,000 afghanistan. over 100,000 people fled. now, with access to the new taliban government, i want to find out that the country is like under their rule. they face a country shattered by war. the economy is close to
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collapse and millions face starvation. every baby and child and here is in a critical state. wejust don't child and here is in a critical state. we just don't know if they are going to make it. and this one—time terrorist group now faces a new terror threat of can the taliban form a government that can put their violent past behind them and help rebuild this broken country? the last time i was in afghanistan, it was two months before the taliban took kabul. almost everyone i've met then, members of the former government, human rights activist and journalists have since led the country in fear of reprisals from the new taliban government. routes into the country beginning to reopen, i'd decided to head back to afghanistan to see for myself what life was like for those who stayed behind. i head
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arranged to meet to people who lost their teaching jobs when the taliban took over. they are now living off their savings. a month before we met, this family organised a protest against the restrictions on
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girls education imposed by the taliban. they invited everyone they knew, but on the day they were the only ones to show up. i was struck by the risks this family were willing to take to demand an education for their daughter. underthe demand an education for their daughter. under the previous government, girls receiving an education and women working had become the norm in kabul. but
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there are parts of afghanistan where things were very different. i travelled 500 kilometres to kandahar in the south of the country. it has always been seen as the conservative heartland of the taliban. me walking around here would have felt unimaginable a few months ago. i'm now late in the afternoon as the sun is setting, we are out and about walking around quite freely. it's clearly a different place, a different time and a different country. but despite the surprising calm on the streets, there was a hidden threat here that was worsening by the day. widespread drought and economic crisis and sanctions against the taliban have created a situation where
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an estimated 98% of afghans are going hungry copy i went to the paediatric unit of this hospital to see for myself how families here were coping.
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everywhere you look in this world there is a mother praying and it feels like this is all they have now. every baby and child and here is in a critical state and we just don't know if they are going to make it like four—year—old munir, almost everyone in here are from the rural areas surrounding kandahar that have been cut off by years of conflict. the next day, i'd drove to a small village in the south of helmand province. it was one of the most heavily bombarded areas
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during the war and responsible of almost 10% of daily casualties of the entire nato mission against the taliban. we havejust mission against the taliban. we have just arrived at the outskirts of sangin and i have met a man who says his home was destroyed by foreign forces. much of this area was carved up by the warring sides with very little regard for the locals. this is where some of the most bitter battles were fought, and there seems to be very little left here standing. most of it is rubble. this building was a
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three story building and it's completely destroyed.
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a long way from kabul and a very different story over here. people who genuinely felt occupied by the foreign forces and the former government, and this is what they've left behind. homes destroyed. and this is the price of freedom that these people say they have two pay. while i was in sangin, i've met a member of the taliban named abdul karim. he had previously kept his military activities a secret from his neighbours was now happy to talk openly.
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i was shocked by abdul�*s admission that even local children had participated in the taleban�*s fight. but he was determined to demonstrate just how instrumental these tactics were against the foreign forces.
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despite all the destruction and poverty in this region, there has been one constant — common�*s poppy fields have provided a vital source of income for impoverished fighters and the taliban. afghanistan controls approximately 80% of the world's opium and for the last two decades there has been a lot of talk about eradicating these fields. but it seems that these fields. but it seems that these farmers have been working and operating as normal.
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the afghan opium market is worth an estimated $4 billion a year, so shutting down these farms is clearly not an economic reality for the taliban.
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footie and hunger is now affecting nearly everyone in afghanistan. —— poverty. there is a increasing concern that terrorist groups are using this to recruit and to challenge the new found authority of the taliban. isis in the horizon, also known as isis—k, ivy regional affiliate of the islamic state. during the taliban take over thousands of isis militants escaped from jail, swelling the ranks of the terror group. i received news that an isis operative had detonated a suicide vest in a clash with the taliban police.
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we have been called here by the taliban police who wanted to show us an isis sleeper cell that they recently attacked. so what happened here? do you have reports of who they were and what their background is?
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despite the assurances of abdul karim, a string of deadly isis attacks have erupted across afghanistan in recent months. many targeting ethnic sheer people. one of the most devastating was a suicide bombing of a sheer mosque in october that claimed the lives of 50 worshippers —— shaia. 0ne of 50 worshippers —— shaia. one who lost his life was haji.
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as well as attacks from isis—k, members of afghanistan's shia minority have a right to be wary of the taliban as they were heavily persecuted by the regime of the 90s. after spending time with the family, i wanted to put some questions to the new taliban police governor for the province. upon arrival at his office, he was in the middle of receiving requests from members of the community.
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a lot of the people coming to petition the commander seemed to be taliban fighters. i wanted to press him on whether he was also committed to protecting the interests of other communities in the city. so you can guarantee to the shia community here in kandahar that they will be safe, but they can go to their mosques, that they can worship without being targeted? what about the
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bomb but went off at the shia mosque? —— what about the bomb that went off at the shia mosque? there's been so much bloodshed over the last 20 years and the people now in charge were the ones terrorising the citizens of this province and this city. difficult to know how people will come together and how there will be some form of reconciliation now. during my time in afghanistan, i'd been trying to reach members of the former afghan police force. a community that had every reason
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to fear a taliban takeover. none of them would meet me in person but eventually, i got through to a police officer who had been in hiding since the collapse of the government. hello?
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what i found during my time here in afghanistan is that this is a nation that is very much divided. there are those who are in the rural communities who feel they were ignored for the last two decades and then, there are those who are living in hiding, living in fear, concerned about the taliban's sweeping back to power and what it actually means for their future. the harsh winter is now sitting in and famine is afflicting millions of afghans. this will require more than the healing
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of divisions to solve. billions of assets are frozen abroad and sanctions on the new regime are biting hard. the afghan economy is close to collapse. if the taliban cannot find a way to feed the citizens they now represent, they will struggle to even begin the process of rebuilding the country.
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hello there. so far this month, it's been pretty quiet with high pressure dominating the scene. we've had light winds for most, but that's certainly not the case this weekend. northern parts of the country will be impacted by some severe gales at times, which could cause some disruption, and we'll see another spell of wet and windy weather during sunday night. higher pressure further south, which means the winds will be lighter, but this deepening area of low pressure�*s been named by the danish met service as storm malik, and you can see why — plenty of isobars across the north of the uk as this system continues to push down in towards the norwegian sea. widespread yellow wind warnings across the north of the country. gusts of 70—80 mph likely across parts of scotland. an amber warning issued for parts of eastern scotland, could see some impacts from aberdeen down towards edinburgh. got a weather front sinking southwards through the day. that will bring some cloud to southern england, where it will stay quite mild, but behind it, skies brighten, sunshine and blustery showers,
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but it will be turning colder. it will be very windy for a time across the north and east of the country for saturday night but very quickly, a ridge of high pressure builds in. winds will turn lighter, most of the showers will ease down, so under those clear skies with lightening winds, then temperatures will fall. a touch of frost out of town under those clear skies. so, our ridge of high pressure will bring us a fine, settled start for much of sunday but we'll see the next area of low pressure hurtling into the north—west of the country. that's going to bring another round of rain, gales and mountain snow. so, it will start chilly with some frost but plenty of sunshine for much of england and wales. a bit more cloud for scotland and northern ireland. later in the day, it will start to turn wetter and windier across the north—west. some mountain snow for scotland and gales developing once again, particularly across the west of scotland and then pushing into northern ireland, the rest of scotland, then northern england later in the day. those winds always little bit lighter further south but it will be a chillier day compared to saturday with temperatures of 4—9 degrees. and then, that area of low pressure moves
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across the north of scotland. we'll see a real squeeze in the isobars. gales or severe gales affecting northern ireland, much of scotland, perhaps the north of england. again, gusts of 70—80 mph for a time, so this could cause some disruption. so, two storms this weekend for the north of britain which could bring some damaging gusts. we're likely to see some disruption in places, so stay tuned to the forecast. see you later.
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