When so-called Islamic State attacked northern Iraq, Hogir Hirori - a documentary maker and refugee from the region - went back there to record what was going on. He came across a young girl who was seriously ill, and decided to drop everything to help her. But then she vanished. And Hogir now had a mystery to solve. Jo Fidgen takes up the story.
Credit: Hogir Hirori
The albino busker who became a star
Singer Lazarus Chigwandali has albinism which meant his life in Malawi wasn't easy, but that all changed when a video of him was seen by Swedish music producer Johan Hugo. Jo Fidgen takes up the story.
For information on Lazarus’ documentary and touring dates go to: https://www.facebook.com/LazarusMusicMalawi/
Image: Lazarus Chigwandali
Credit: David Darg
The man who stole the president's secrets
For many years, Uzbekistan was a particularly dangerous place to be a journalist. Speaking out against the government of former president Islam Karimov could lead to torture and a lengthy spell in prison. So it was a surprise for many when in 2004 secret messages started appearing online, containing what seemed like detailed and scandalous information about the president's household. For years, the identity of the writer was kept a secret, and the messages kept coming. Then one day, an inconspicuous football writer called Bobomurod Abdulla was snatched off the streets by the security forces, and the secret was finally out.
Image and credit: Bobomurod Abdulla
My dad the unlikely meth dealer
Growing up, James Lubbock knew his dad Richard as a clean-living family man. He was ‘solid, principled’, James says, and sold antique coins for a living. He loved jazz and opera. Then in his 50s Richard announced to the family that he was gay and things started to change. He shaved his head, changed his wardrobe, went clubbing. He then started taking hard drugs. It was a complete transformation from the father James knew, and drug-taking became drug-dealing: Richard became one of Britain's biggest dealers of crystal meth. Father and son join Emily Webb to tell their story.
Image: Richard & James Lubbock
Photo cred: James Lubbock
My brother’s sickle cell disease made me a doctor
Tartania Brown is from New York City and she has sickle cell anaemia, a genetic disorder that affects red blood cells and can be fatal. At one stage, Tartania didn’t know if she would reach her 20s. Her brother Christopher also has the condition, and when he was just four years old, he had multiple strokes which left him unable to speak or move. It was a challenging time for Tartania's whole family, but also transformative for her. Seeing the way the doctors and nurses cared for her brother, she was inspired to study medicine herself. After much hard work, she is a palliative care physician and looks after patients with sickle cell anaemia. Tartania's story is part of the film and photo series: www.untoldsicklecellstories.com.
(Photo credit: Dr Alexander Kumar on behalf of untoldsicklecellstories.)