Dutch rapper Sor and his group, Black Acid, were rising rapidly through the Amsterdam music scene. They seemed poised to hit the big time when Sor was struck down by a mysterious illness, culminating in the devastating morning when he woke up without any hearing at all. The road to recovery was long, but with the help of technology, Sor was able to regain some hearing and start making music again. He told Andile Masuku about how deafness has both affected and inspired him.
Producers: Andile Masuku and Katy Davis
Photo: Sor performing on stage
Credit: Reinout Bos
My family are sex workers - education saved me
Eliska Tanzer was born in Slovakia into a very unusual family. Her mother’s family were Romany sex workers, while her largely absent father was a Nazi sympathiser. The local school refused to educate her because of her heritage, so Eliska grew up illiterate. When she was 13, Eliska was trafficked into Britain, where despite suffering exploitation and sexual violence, she was able to gain an education and become a writer. She spoke to Jo Fidgen about her life.
This programme contains descriptions of child exploitation and sexual violence which some listeners may find distressing.
If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in this programme, you can find details of organisations offering information and support at this address: bbc.co.uk/actionline
Producer: Thomas Harding Assinder
Photo: Getty Images
The mother choosing to love her 'enemy'
As part of the BBC World Service’s Crossing Divides season, Outlook is looking back at some extraordinary personal stories of transcending boundaries and crossing divides.
Latifa Ibn Ziaten, a Moroccan mother to five has been awarded the highest honour in France, the Legion of Honour, and has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Latifa's son, a French soldier, was murdered in Toulouse in 2012. Since then, Latifa has reached out to her ‘enemy’, working closely with people at risk of radicalisation in prisons and schools, and has convinced at least three young men not to go and fight in Syria. She spoke to Jo Fidgen.
Photo: Latifa Ibn Ziaten
Credit: Getty Images
Flying my South African flag at the top of Everest
In May 2019 Saray Khumalo became the first black African woman to summit Everest. She defied those who didn't believe she could achieve her dream of climbing the world’s highest peaks. The trek to the top wasn't easy though, Saray tells Andile Masuku about three previous attempts and her near-death experiences.
Saray's adventurous expeditions help raise money to educate young Africans through a charity she's set up called Summits With a Purpose.
Presenter: Andile Masuku
Producer: Deiniol Buxton
Picture: Saray Khumalo summiting Mount Everest
Credit: Saray Khumalo
I survived Joseph Kony - I want my children back
In 2003, Nakout Sylvia was kidnapped in Uganda by the Lord’s Resistance Army who murdered her husband and separated from her children. She was taken to a LRA stronghold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she was held as a sex slave. She was raped by LRA leader Joseph Kony, and bore a child he claimed to be his. In 2015, Nakout made a daring escape and made her way to Europe where she dreams of being reunited with her children from Uganda. Andile Masuku spoke to Nakout about her ordeal, which contains descriptions which some may find distressing.
Producer: Thomas Harding Assinder
Photo: Nakout Sylvia