360' Geo Reports with Silvio Rivier

September 2015

S1 Ep122 - Lamu, Island Of Donkeys

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Lamu: The Island of Donkeys - With 6,000 donkeys for 24,000 inhabitants, the Island of Lamu off the coast of Kenya certainly holds the world record. This situation is due to its narrow streets, along which vehicles cannot pass. There are only two cars on the island, and one of those belongs to the refuge that takes care of the donkeys. Donkeys are part of the landscape, and are used for travelling as well as beasts of burden. There is also a well-known donkey race that takes place in the region...

S1 Ep121 - The Highland Games

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The Highland Games - The mountains in the north of Scotland do not just provide the location for the Queen's summer residence, they are also home to the famous Highland Games. The sporting events, such as tossing the caber and Scottish dancing to the music of bagpipes and other instruments, also serve as gatherings for the Scottish clans. For clan members who are today scattered all over the world, these gatherings provide an annual opportunity to catch up. We also meet Captain Alwyne Farquhars...
August 2015

S1 Ep117 - The News Man Of Azerbaijan

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The News Man of Azerbaijan - The newsman or ‘Ashig’ has always played an important role in the remote areas of Azerbaijan over the centuries. Without them, the inhabitants would be radically cut off from the rest of the world and all its news. Certain distinguished representatives of their guild still travel the country's mountains to the remotest areas, to spread news, stories and the latest gossip. One of these representatives is Nemet, the old and honourable Aschug from Baku, who has been pr...

S1 Ep112 - Kalmykia - The Return Of The Monks

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Kalmykia: The Return of the Monks - Sanan Matvenov is only 26 years old but since he was 13, he has studied the teachings of Buddha. Along with seven other monks he lives in the main Buddhist temple in Elista, the capital of Kalmykia. Located in the south-western part of European Russia, this is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is practiced by a plurality of its citizens. With around four inhabitants per square kilometre, the autonomous republic is sparsely populated. Only since the dow...

S1 Ep108 - The Emerald Hunters Of Bahia

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The Emerald Hunters of Bahia - Emeralds beautifully capture the shining reflections of light. The emerald market is booming. But the industry suffers from a bad reputation. Dishonest traders doctor inferior quality emeralds using artificial resins and even the specialists find it hard to distinguish their work from pure stones. For Swiss-Brazilian Daniel Klay, a precious stone merchant, his business is based on the gems' reputation. Socially aware mine owner Daniel Klay is an exception in the r...

S1 Ep102 - Armenia's Fruit Of Paradise

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Armenia's Fruit of Paradise - In the village of Nrnadzor, in Southern Armenia, we visit a fruit-orchard owner whose daily routine revolves around the pomegranate. The pomegranate, also known as the ‘Paradisiacal Fruit’ or the ‘Fruit of Life’ is said to be one of the oldest fruits cultivated by man. Pomegranates were mentioned in the Old Testament, and were also placed inside the tombs of ancient Egyptian pharaohs as provisions for their journeys. Even today, this symbol of plenty and fertility ...
July 2015

S1 Ep98 - The Polar School For Nomad Children

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Every August on the Russian polar peninsula of Yamal, children of the reindeer shepherds await a helicopter that will bring them to school after the summer holidays. 600 nomad children from the indigenous people of the Nenet live and learn the main part of the year separated from their parents. So does the 5 year old Katja who - for the first time in her life - will be away from her parents for several months. Boarding school will be a new phase of life for her. 12 year old Pawel already knows...

S1 Ep81 - India's Jungle Book Hospital

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India's Jungle Book Hospital - In the densely populated India, living space for wild animals is getting short. Around the country land is being cultivated and houses are constructed. India's only scientifically run rehabilitation center offers shelter for wild animals. Here veterinarians Dr. Phulmoni Gogi and Dr. Prasanta Boro take care of ill and injured animals, which got in conflict with civilization and would have hardly survived on their own: a feverish buffalo, a dozen orphaned elephants ...

S1 Ep80 - Last Camel Caravans Of The Sahara

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Last Camel Caravans Of The Sahara - The Darb el-Arbain, or “Forty Days’ Road”, is a trade route that crosses the eastern Sahara. Since the days of the Pharaohs, it has linked Egypt to Sudan. Nouri Gomaa, the chief of the Bisharin tribe, lives in Aswan in Egypt, where he is a camel dealer. But for many years he made his living by leading caravans from the camel markets of Omdurman and El Obeid in Sudan across the desert into Egypt. He is now an old man and has retired from leading caravans. But ...