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Photos on social media claim to show the skeleton of a slain DR Congo human rights activist, Fidèle Bazana, who was assassinated in 2010. The posts also claim the remains were found at the property of a high-ranking police officer. But most of these skeletons are actually archaeological findings from 2019. Also, a fake photo of a Day of the Dead light show in Mexico emerges online. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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With 11 million inhabitants, the Indian city of Bangalore has seen its size increase in a very short space of time. Nicknamed the Indian Silicon Valley, its rivers and lakes are now the city's unofficial sewers and are used by locals as dumping grounds for all kinds of waste. Out of the 850 lakes in Bangalore, more than 500 are extremely polluted. But one man, Anand Malligawad, has set himself an ambitious goal: to clean up Bangalore's lakes, one by one. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Camille Nedelec.
Cleopatra Kambugu, a Ugandan activist who advocates for sexual and gender minorities, has made history as the first transgender person in the East African country to have her new gender recognised by the government. She is fighting to have transgender people counted on the national census next year.
Photos on social media claim to show the skeleton of one of the murdered DR Congo human rights activist, Fidèle Bazana. The posts also claim that the skeleton was found in the property of a high-ranked police officer. False! These skeletons actually belong to archeological findings from last year.Also, fake photos of the Day of the Dead in Mexico emerge online. Find out more on this edition of Truth or Fake.
A year ago, Akinwunmi hoisted a pole bearing the Nigerian and ENDSARS flags above his head to draw attention to the protest movement against police brutality in Lagos. Now known by thousands as Flagboii, Akinwunmi keeps waving his flag to "fight for a good country."
Mohib Ullah was known for his tireless effort to highlight the struggles of the Rohingya refugees who were forced to flee to Bangladesh following a deadly crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017.
"The fact that the women are so disliked by these men is beyond belief, I don't understand why," says Afghan women's rights activist and CEO of Afghan Women's Network Mahbouba Seraj. "We should sit down and have a conversation."
A human rights campaigner in India has told FRANCE 24 how she and her team have lost contact with some of their associates and fellow activists in Afghanistan since the Taliban swept to power. Vandita Morarka is the founder and chief executive of One Future Collective and has long worked with colleagues in Afghanistan. She says to lose contact with some of them is "very sad" and that it's "terrifying" to see the situation unfold for the country. She also spoke to us about her work to empower women and young people in her home country of India.
After negotiating with the Taliban in Doha for the past 11 months, prominent Afghan women's rights activist Fatima Gailani says ousted President Ashraf Ghani is a "national traitor."
As the Taliban make rapid gains in Afghanistan, women in the country are concerned about their future. An Afghan women's rights activist told DW her life may be in danger if the Islamist militants attack Kabul.
Colombian immigration authorities expelled a German activist who documented anti-government protests. She said she was the victim of an attack last week, which Colombian police dispute.
The disappearance of Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues has been one of the greatest mysteries of the Syrian war — until today. DW's investigative unit hunted clues across six countries to track down the perpetrators.