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For released or unreleased works that are up to 12 minutes long. The section is open to both investigative and reportage works, either aired on TV or streamed online.

Anatomy of a killing

Daniel Adamson, Benjamin Strick, Aliaume Leroy, Tom Flannery, Sam Dubberley, Ilaria Allegrozzi | BBC

In the summer of 2018 a horrifying video began to circulate on social media. It showed a group of men, some wearing military fatigues, escorting two women and two young children down a dusty track somewhere in Africa. The soldiers accuse the women of belonging to Boko Haram. The video follows the captives as they are led off the track and shot at close range 22 times. As soon as the clip went viral the internet lit up with debate. Some claimed the killing had taken place in Mali. Others said it was Cameroon. The Cameroonian government dismissed the video as “fake news”.

But what did the atrocity take place? When did it happen? And who was responsible? In July, BBC Africa Eye began to investigate – not by sending a team, but through technology and a forensic analysis of the video itself. From laptops in London, by deploying cutting edge “open source” investigative techniques, Africa Eye was able to establish all of the basic facts, identifying the precise location (in the Far North of Cameroon), a timeframe, and even the men who actually pulled the trigger.

Nightmares and selective amnesia – The trauma of a 6-year-old separated from her parents at the border

Almudena Toral | Univision News Digital

Adayanci Pérez is one of more than 2,500 children that were separated from their families at the border by the U.S. government as part of the Zero Tolerance policy.

This 6-year-old Guatemalan girl was away from her family for three and a half months. Before going back, she was diagnosed with acute trauma and PTSD. She was never the same when she returned.

Under the ground

Ibrahim Alshamaly | Syrian in Depth

Under the Ground reveals the difficult medical situation in areas under opposition control in Syria, as a result of several key factors, among which the deliberate bombing of medical facilities. The investigation shows the difficulties of obtaining medical services for civilians in the provinces of Hama and Idlib, and it also includes the testimonies of doctors about the targeting of medical facilities. In order to replace the destroyed facilities and give a shelter to their personnel, underground hospitals were built in caves and tunnels.

The investigation includes footage from inside these underground hospitals, revealing how the Syrian regime and Russia targeted them. Under the Ground also provides statistics on the number of medical personnel killed in Syria and the number of hospitals destroyed and targeted by warplanes in the provinces of Hama and Idlib.