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Friday 19 December  

Radio Show: Meet the 'Sweeping Dutchman' and his painted broomsticks

A story on South Asia Wired in November 2011 mixed three ingredients: a young Dutch entrepreneur, a poor Sri Lanka village and brightly painted broomsticks. Do these ingredients mix? Well, they do, proves Hergen van der Starre a.k.a....

Article: Mallakhamb: it's all about strength and flexibility

Placing his feet steadily around the pole he tightens his grip and lets go with his hands. Rajesh’s body is hanging in a horizontal position more than a meter off the ground. After holding their breath for a few seconds the crowd...

Article: Lifeline on a river: Assam's boat clinics

The state of Assam in northeast India has the highest maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the country. One of the reasons for the abysmal record is that over three million people live on tiny islands along the Brahmaputra River without proper...

Article: Sri Lanka's Tamil question: Justice, Lies and Videotape

Sri Lanka’s thirty year war is now more of words than of guns, but it is no less bitter. RNW’s team in the country found fierce resistance in the Sri Lankan government to the current calls for international justice.

Article: From a low-born Dalit to top business mogul

Although the Indian caste system was outlawed in the 1950s, even today caste discrimination is still rife in Indian society.  The position of many Dalits, who occupy the lowest rungs of the social ladder, continues to be quite...

Article: Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

He is a good looking man – or he would be, if it wasn’t for the hollowness of his eyes, that makes you think he looks at the world in a different, darker way than most other people. Mohammed Rohim (28) does indeed have reason...

Radio Show: Trial by fire: Shirin Juwaley acid attack survivor

In the summer of 2011, an Iranian man about to be blinded in hospital was forgiven by his victim – the young woman he’d blinded with acid. It begs the question - what would we do if we were in the same position. In August 2011...

Radio Show: Drawings in the sand - keeping the political debate alive in the Maldives

In May 2012, South Asia Wired looked at how the world's largest democraccy is approaching its dismal record on human rights, and hear how a leading Maldivian artist uses sand as a medium of protest.  

Article: Living in fear: Sri Lanka's Tamil women

It’s been two-and-a-half years since the end of Sri Lanka’s war against the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Though the government claims to have restored peace in the Tamil-dominated Northern and Eastern...

Radio Show: The never ending battle against human trafficking in Nepal

Every year thousands of Nepali girls decide to leave home. Sometimes they run away without telling their family of their plans. Some of them are forced by their families to search for a job outside the village. But for about 7000 Nepali...