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World in Progress: Innovative perspectives and ancient forests

In this edition: an illegal bus ride with Palestinians to the beach -- Cameroonian Baka indigenous group's ancient forests under threat -- Innovative apps made in Nairobi's 'Silicon Savannah'  

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Ancient custodians of the Cameroonian forests under threat

The Indigenous Baka people live an increasingly precarious existence in Cameroon. Believed to be the oldest inhabitants of this area, the Baka possess extraordinary knowledge about their ancient forests. But as logging and mining chip away at the forests, the livelihoods and life force of the Baka people become harder and harder to sustain, as Ngala Killian Chimtom reports.
(Report: Nagala Killian Chimtom)

Silicon Savannah’s app success stories 

Kenya’s capital of Nairobi has an up and coming tech scene that is also known as Silicon Savannah, in reference to California's Silicon Valley. One innovative app that was developed there is connecting people in disaster zones and is helping them find access to clean water. The app is used in over 160 countries as well as by the United Nations. We find out what else is in the pipeline.
(Report: Antje Diekhans/ Presenter: Neil King) 

Kingata’s Kiosk

It’s not just Nairobi’s tech center that’s making positive headlines, there are also some success stories coming out of the city’s slums. One is being written by a self-made woman: She's a 33-year-old business woman who runs a successful kiosk there that also serves as a French fries stall, a bank and a mini supermarket.
(Report: Bettina Rühl / Presenter: Ineke Mules

Palestinian dreams of the sea 

A trip to the beach is almost impossible if you live in the Palestinian city Ramallah, even though it's located  just 45 kilometers from the Isreali port city of Jaffa, even though Jaffa used to be Palestinian. Now, there are checkpoints walls to cross. From the Israeli point of view, the barrier is a security measure, built in response to Palestinian terrorist attacks. But the Palestinians say that the wall robs them of land and restricts their freedom of movement – including a trip to the beach. Every week many Palestinians travel to the sea by bus, despite the fact that they’re not officially permitted to do so. Reporter Benjamin Hammer joined a young woman on this bus journey. 
(Report: Benjamin Hammer / Presenter: Elliot Douglas)