Three-year-old son Jacob got salmonella from peanut butter crackers his parents bought at Costco. In the year since, his father, Peter Hurley, has made numerous trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby for tougher food regulations. Also in this episode, seven-year-old Malcolm Morris was living in London when German bombs rained down on the city. Soon after, he got a small camera, and began shooting photographs.
One alarming note in all the bloody upheaval happening in eastern Congo is that rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has made his overarching political ambitions clear: he would like to overthrow Congo's present government and assume control of the country itself - even if that means marching on Kinshasa, thousands of miles to the west. Kambale Musavuli was a teenager when rebels overtook Kinshasa in 1996. He tells Dick Gordon about how the fear he felt then is still with him, as he watches what's happening now.
Dr. Kasereka "Jo" Lusi performs operations on war victims in some of the hardest-hit areas of the Congo, often under the crudest of conditions. More than once, he's had to literally run for his life, as he's now become a target for guerillas. Also on the show: a woman's adventure following the scent of a stranger's perfume.
Nyagatare Valens left Rwanda in 1990, just before the war started. He intended to study in the U.S. and return home. Instead, he spent 17 years building a life here, grateful for his opportunities but always wondering just what his family had endured. This spring, Nyagatare realized a dream - his mother Anisie came to the U.S. for her first visit and Nyagatare finally got a chance to hear what happened.Also in this episode, the haiku of Lenard Moore.
Abdi Iftin, a regular diarist on The Story, tells of his mother and sister’s situation in Somalia as they try to survive the famine and fighting. People are moving back to the capital city, Mogadishu, despite the conflict there, because it is the only place they have hope of getting food. Abdi recalls that in 1992, there was another drought and famine and his baby sister died.
We've been following Al-Ghizzawi, a Guantanamo detainee, through his lawyer, Candace Gorman. Al-Ghizzawi was a shopkeeper who was picked up in Afghanistan and turned over to the U.S. for a bounty. Now after eight years in Guantanamo, he is a free man. Also in this episode, Ahmed's Diary and diabetes researcher Ed Damiano.
People in Baghdad are still talking about what happened on September 16 - the day an incident involving the private security company Blackwater USA left at least 17 Iraqis dead. Ahmed Abdullah visited the scene in Nisour Square and talked to witnesses. Then, an American talks about her observations of Blackwater's contractors in Iraq. And, a former U.S. soldier talks about the dangers he faced as a private contractor working in Iraq.