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Among everybody here, if you are considering taking a boat, raise
your hands... And the leading building aimed at
bridging America's racial divide. Nick Briant goes on a tour of
Washington's new African American history Museum. I think the building
comes at an opportune time in America to remind us of its
incredible and rich history and contribution to the integration
story. The tragic sinking of an Egyptian
ship of the post last week has highlighted another route for
migrants seduced by the Law of Europe. The number setting sail from
the shores have almost doubled since last year. 12,000 made it to Italy
so far in 2016. Orla Guerin reports from northern Egypt on what is
driving so many young Egyptians to risk everything.
The sons of this town are coming home. This village and other ones
nearby have very 20 men and teenage boys. They fled the poverty of
Egypt's Nile Delta, only to perish at sea. She grieves for her brother,
who boarded the migrant ship. He was just 14. The women Telus people
smugglers should be executed. Instead, they pay bribes and get
released. His grandmother says that he wanted to help her get
electricity and running water. She's been waiting for 20 years.
This man says that his friends needed jobs. They paid with their
lives. He was supposed to go, with 30 others, but he stayed behind
because his aunt was ill. Among everybody here, if you are
considering taking the boat, raise your hands. Even this 11-year-old
wants to leave. Plenty of Egyptian children already have. Many of them
are unaccompanied. But here is how the perilous journey across the
Mediterranean to Italy can come to an end. A boat arrives with
belongings of the victims. Some of them phoned home as they struggle to
survive in the water. Relatives told us that the
-- in the early hours, they got no crucial help from the Army base
year. I come and ask the captain here, they say that he's sleeping,
at 11 o'clock. No videos spoke to us here. This man lost his brother, he
was 20. He gave him some money for the trip. A survivor brought it
back. I ask him, have you seen my brother? He said he swam for one
hour. He gave me your money, and says give it to you when I see you
again. Maybe I will see my brother. Locals say the lack of opportunities
on show will keep driving young men out to sea. They expect this tragedy
to be repeated. -- lack of opportunities here.
It is two years since the British air force joined
the military campaign against Iraq. Now, they are talking about the
campaign against Islamic State. They say that they've come under fire
many times. Jonathan Beale reports from Cyprus.
These are the crew 's leading Briton's fight against so-called
Islamic State. The RAF has already carried out more than 1000 air
strikes in and Syria. We watched as they prepared to do more. We cannot
identify them, to protect their security and families back home. We
know it is a dangerous job and we know the threat is there. There a
whizzy peeling of adrenaline as you are about to do the job. -- there is
always a feeling. They fly missions day and night from their base in
Cyprus, and with missions and bonds, they've already dropped more than
2000 -- bombs. But, for the first time, the RAF have confirmed that
aircraft are being fired at too by the enemy they called Daesh. Every
aeroplane that flies into those danger areas, in certain instance,
UK aeroplanes have been targeted by Daesh, at no point have they posed a
threat that has been catastrophic. They also have to stay alert in the
search for new targets. Each mission can last for seven hours or more.
Even above Iraq, the skies are crowded. Over Syria, they have to
keep an eye for Russian warplanes. We are flying over northern Iraq
where this tanker is refuelling British warplanes, providing close
air support to Iraqi troops on the ground who are pushing their way
forward to Mosul. We have seen one of the RAF tornadoes returning,
having dropped one of their weapons. This is the cockpit video of what
the bomb hit, a barge being used to ferry a truck bomb across the Tigre
stripper. Do you -- to Chris River. Do you worry
about mistakes? It would be too flippant to say it is a day in the
office, but it is what we are trained to do. Two years on from the
first British air strikes in Iraq, and there are signs of progress. But
the mission is not over, and defeating IS in Syria would be
harder still. Jonathan Beale, BBC News.
The designer described it has the living building for the black
American experience. Resident Obama opened the first-ever
museum for African-American culture this week. -- president. It is a
striking sculpture, built by a Brit. He took Lee Bryant on a tour of his
iconic project. This is a building that not only occupies the first
vacant plot -- last vacant plot on this land but seeks to fill a gap in
America's national memory. For decades, African-Americans have
campaigned for a museum that tells their epic story, opened by the
country's first African-American president. It changed my career, and
changed my life actually. The architect is British, David AJ, he
sees it has his Opus work. And rather than designing a monument, he
constructs a living building that contributes to the ongoing racial
debate that reflects the ongoing struggle for equality. The building
helps people understand each other, and understand how people are
interrelated in many ways. The path is coexisting. It comes at
an opportune time in America to really remind us of its incredible
history and own contributions to it. Inside, the building chronicles and
often traumatic journey to freedom. Shackles and whips of slavery, the
clenched fists of the Black Power salute at the Mexico City Olympics.
It's also a celebration of how black culture has come to define American
culture. These are all real, nothing here is a reconstruction. That
really is Chuck Berry's original Cadillac. Has it been a challenge
for a British man to help tell an American story? I try not to think
about that, if I did I would collapse! I would probably be in
therapy, because it is such a weighty subject.
But I bring professionalism about what I believe architecture can
contribute to the issue. The building is steeped in symbolism.
The form of eggs and African crown, and latticework recalls the ironwork
of the freed slaves of the American South -- the framework reflects.
This building has come in to completion as Barack Obama's
presidency is coming to completion. Have you been struck by the irony of
that? The irony has been beautiful. We started when he started his
presidency, he was instrumental in helping get the first money through
Congress and releasing it to get this going.
It feels like a bar -- book end.
From slavery comes a man who becomes the most powerful in the world. This
is the most important public building to open in Washington in
decades, and the structure, by one birth Briton's most celebrated
Celebrated architects. -- by one of Britain's most celebrated
architects. That's all from me this week.
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