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Welcome to Reporters.
I'm Karin Giaonone.
From here in the BBC newsroom, we send out correspondence to bring
you the best stories from across the globe.
In this week's programme...
On the brink of famine.
We report from Yemen as the United Nations launches
an emergency appeal for aid.
The struggle of the smugglers.
A reporter joins the Kurds desperately trying to make a living
on the Iraqi border.
Believe it or not, it is impossible to take a sip.
They say the black is for the majority people like me.
The UN has appealed for $2 billion to provide life-saving assistance
to millions in Yemen, who it says face the threat of famine.
Almost 3.3 million people are now suffering from acute malnutrition.
More than 2 million of them are children.
Aid workers say the situation is catastrophic
and rapidly deteriorating.
Now there is a new complication.
Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthi rebels
who control the capital have hit a vital port, which means aid supplies
cannot be unloaded.
Nawal Al-Maghafi is one of the few Western journalists to have
travelled to Yemen in recent months and sent this report.
Fatima is the face of hunger in Yemen.
In the six months since we met her, every day has been
a struggle to get food.
Her mother says they are barely surviving.
Fatima is not alone.
There are over two million children like her.
90% of Yemen's food is imported and most of it arrives here,
at what was once its busiest port.
But all the cranes needed to off-load the ships have been
bombed by the Saudi-led coalition.
And the port is barely functioning.
The Saudis have imposed an aerial and naval blockade,
controlling all imports to the country.
They say they are stopping arms from getting to
the Houthis and their allies.
But that means that very little food is getting through.
The World Food Programme has bought new cranes for Hodeda's port
but we have been told the Saudi coalition has refused to allow them
in for at least two months.
These delays in bringing foodstuffs onshore, either
commercially or humanitarian, means there's less
available and therefore, the prices will go up.
From what I've heard, the Saudi argument is that firstly,
the port is in control of the Houthis, so they are handing
over cranes to a port that is in control of the rebels.
They also say that these cranes could be used to off-load arms
for the rebels and therefore, fuel the fight.
What would you say to that?
Those cranes are for WFP.
Those cranes are brought in and funded for WFP,
who are the logistics cluster, to bring those food goods off
ships that are coming in.
The port is controlled by the same people who have always
controlled the port, the same as the sea
offshore is controlled by the Saudi-led coalition.
So we just want these cranes in so we can do our work,
to make sure the humanitarian pipeline is a strong
as it can possibly be.
The fighting for control of the port has been
going on for over six months, with neither side winning.
And it's the most vulnerable that are left suffering.
Nawal al-Maghafi, BBC News.
Asotthalom is a village in southern Hungary that you've probably
never heard of until now.
Its population is dwindling, but it's hoping to persuade
white Christian Europeans, who don't like the idea
of living in a multicultural society to move there.
The mayor has already banned Islamic dress and gay kissing in public.
Leslie Ashmall has been to the village where Muslims
and gays are not welcome.
Asotthalom, a village on the southern Hungary plains,
just minutes from the Serbian border where in 2015 10,000 migrants a day
crossed into Hungary.
The village population is declining and homesteads stand vacant.
The mayor here wants to attract foreign investors
but not just any foreigner.
TRANSLATION: We primarily welcome people from Western Europe.
People who would not like to live in a multicultural society.
We would not want to attract Muslim people.
What if I was black or gay?
How would you feel about that?
TRANSLATION: Asotthalom has a by-law which bans homosexual propaganda.
We adopted it a few weeks ago.
Think about this, Europe is small, it cannot take in billions of people
from Africa and South Asia where there is a population boom.
This would soon lead to the disappearance of Europe.
I would like Europe to belong to Europeans.
Asia to Asians and Africa to Africans.
Simple as that.
He is so serious he has introduced local legislation banning public
displays of affection by gay people, the wearing of Islamic dress
like the hijab, and he wants to ban the building of mosques.
And his views are being pushed by a British organisation called
Knights Templar International.
The former British National Party leader Nick Griffin is a member
and the group is advertising smallholdings for sale
Hungary is already seen by more and more Western Europeans
as a place of refuge, a place to get away from the hell
that is about to break loose in Western Europe.
There are two Muslims in Asotthalom.
One of them agreed to speak to us but at the last minute pulled out.
They have spoken of their fears to Hungarian media in the past
but other villagers reject the laws are huge concern.
However, they are the talk of the village pub.
TRANSLATION: Important issues like this should be dealt
with by the National government, not local legislation.
If they take off the veil I'll accept them.
It does not even matter if they are black, they should
become Hungarian citizens even if they are
Muslims or whatever.
Are you trying to create a white kind of supremacist village?
I did not use this word white but because we are a white
European Christian population, we want to stay this...
Like this, so...
The refugee crisis has contributed to the anti-immigrant sentiments
in Europe, like the rise of the
French Front National and the Dutch Party for Freedom.
Hungary is no exception.
To its critics, it was a monstrosity resembling an oil refinery
more than a museum.
But as Paris' Pompidou Centre celebrates its 40th birthday this
week, its reputation as an icon of modern architecture
is now well established.
It has been popular with more than 100 million visitors passing
through its doors since 1977.
Will Gompertz has been speaking to two of the original architects,
Richard Rodgers and Renzo Piano about the Pompidou's
Ah, Paris, beautiful, romantic, and radical.
A city of revolutions, riots and avant-garde ideas.
Like the Pompidou Centre, which in 1977 was like an electric
shock for cultural conservatives.
A daring, inside out building with its guts on show and weird
caterpillar escalators crawling up its facade.
These two self-confessed bad boys were behind its creation.
Unknown iconoclasts back then, respected pillars of society today.
They hadn't expected their design to beat the 680 competing proposals.
And when it did, a steep learning curve awaited.
It was a miracle, we had court cases against us, everybody hated it,
nobody had worse press than we did.
It was only when it opened and people started to line up
and people started to come in and the figures were
fantastic, it changed.
This building was a shift, it was celebrating a shift, a change.
And when the change occurs in society, it's never
easy, it's never easy.
The change was in the air.
It was in the air of May '68, it was in the air of the time.
So you've got to have a change.
We were just simply building the change.
What were your reference points?
Where had you seen similar ideas executed?
It was a cross between New York's Times Square,
which was full of glitter and so on and sex and all the rest
of it, but it was lovely because people wanted to get there,
and the British Museum, a symbol of one of the greatest
museums of the world, where you could sit down and do
a deep cultural study.
Beauty can change the world.
It can help to change the world, and become a unifying element.
I think beauty is tremendously underrated.
It is the glue which pulls us all togetther.
Their Pompidou was a utopian project where people can
explore art and ideas.
A 40-year-old concept that they would argue is even
more relevant today.
Will Gompertz, BBC News, Paris.
That's all from Reporters this week.
From me, Karin Gionnone, it is goodbye for now.
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