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I'm David Eades, and from here at the BBC Newsroom,


we send our correspondants to bring you the best stories


In this week's programme, the other side of the American dream.


As Donald Trump sets out his vision for the next four years,


Ian Pannell assesses the challenges that lie ahead.


If you want to know what poverty in America looks


President Trump says he is going to fix it.


He's going to deal with what he calls the carnage


in America, of crime, of drugs, of gangs,


Quentin Somerville tells the tale of the Syrian baby


who lost her parents and had nearly every limb broken in


And also her reunion with the British doctor who saved her.


David Shukman reports on plans for two passengers to join the first


manned flight to deep space for more than 40 years.


It's going to give two rich people the thrill of a lifetime.


Basically it's really an adventure thrill ride that


President Trump used his first speech to Congress to declare


what he called a new chapter of American greatness.


In a surprisingly measured tone, he asked legislators to pass


a $1 trillion package to build new infrastructure and he missed


massive tax relief for the middle class.


But what about his pledge at his inauguration to help the poor


and repair what he called the carnage in America, crime,


Well, Ian Pannell has been to Baltimore, where a quarter


of the population lives in poverty, and many no longer see America


A citizen of the wealthiest country in the world has ever known.


They have no home of their own, and every morning, they come


to the Manor House Charity, where the poor of Baltimore


meet for a little food, warmth and compassion.


What is your message to President Trump?


Instead of critiquing is, come and help us.


Baltimore was even more violent than Chicago last year,


For some of its residents, this is a city where selling your


body or selling drugs is the only job available.


If you want to know what poverty in America looks like.


Incredibly, this entire block is pretty much made up


Incredibly, some people are living in between here.


Under President Obama, poverty grew in America,


and President Trump says he is going to fix it.


He's going to deal with what he calls the carnage


in America, of crime, of drugs, of violence


And there are few places better to do that than Baltimore.


And this is where it resides, on a bleak row of abandoned homes.


This is the end of the line for Americans gripped by poverty.


Here, we met the last family living on the block.


Three generations of the Stewart family are crammed in here.


Unpaid bills are piling up, not surprisingly they just have


They've been evicted before, forced to live in one of Baltimore's


It hurts, it hurts that they have to stay wrapped up in blankets


They don't want to get out of bed because there's no


They get bullied in school because of it.


For so many people, this is no longer a land of opportunity.


And the children who clamour for charity hand-outs


It will be perhaps the biggest challenge for the new president.


The Syrian conflict of course is full of terrible tales


of horror and suffering, but one story stands out


as a symbol of just how brutal and unfair war could be.


In the New Year, five-year-old Maram lost both her parents and nearly


every limb in her body was broken when her house was bombed in Aleppo.


The British surgeon who operated on her watched her leave


for asylum in Turkey, not knowing if she would survive.


Well, seven months on, Doctor David Nott has returned


As Quentin Somerville reports, this is a harrowing story


So much of Aleppo's pain is anonymous.


But Maram's suffering was unforgettable.


An air strike killed her parents and left her gravely ill.


Inside Syria, Doctor David Knott worked to save her leg.


From here, and only five months old, she was evacuated


But after months of searching, the BBC tracked her down


The final surgery was nearly too much.


Her wounds are healing, but there will be work


to reconstruct her bones and repair damaged nerves.


It's said children can't remember pain.


Few though have as much to forget as Maram.


When I saw Maram today, it was very emotional.


As a doctor, you try and stay fairly unemotional when you're dealing


I suppose having got children as well now,


and how much you love that child, you know, a tiny piece of my heart


That's what I have been thinking about everyday since leaving.


How ready are we to fly to the moon and back for a holiday?


Well, the prospect of space tourism has moved a little closer this week,


after an American aerospace company SpaceX has said it has room for two


This would be the first manned flight to deep space


in more than 40 years, although it would involve


-- would not involve a lunar landing.


It's going to cost you $100 million a seat.


Our science editor, David Shukman has been to find out more.


Bold and often boastful, this young company knows how


This is an animation, but already, two tourists have been promised


seats on it to fly around the moon as early as next year.


Not since the last Apollo mission, back in 1972, have any humans flown


The tourists will not be landing on it, but if this trip happens then


they will get amazing views, and space scientists


We are really now entering the era where space


Maybe not for another 10, 15, 20 years, for ordinary


It will be the playground of the rich.


When I met him he spilled out a startling vision


I think we are really entering a new era of space travel


There is a history of SpaceX promises running late


Ten days ago, it landed a huge rocket, significant


because reusing spacecraft will make launches cheaper.


Last year, one of its rocket blew up, but SpaceX quickly got


back to its key business of launching satellites.


This week, its Dragon capsule delivered cargo


A trip to the moon is obviously harder, and critics say it


Well, it's going to give two rich people a thrill of a lifetime.


It's not anything to do with science or exploration.


It's repeating missions that have been done 40 plus years before,


so it's basically an adventure, a thrill ride that


Well, tourists visiting the International Space Station have


We don't know who the two passengers are, but if they get there,


they may pave the way for others to follow.


That's your lot from Reporters this week.


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