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Fronted by Rageh Omaar, ITV’s award-winning international current affairs series On Assignment continues, bringing you revealing stories from around the world, featuring ITV News’ award-winning team of correspondents.

 

The following reports will air in the final episode of this run:

 

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, 3 MONTHS ON FROM IRMA – PENNY MARSHALL

When Hurricane Irma slammed into the British Virgin Islands on September 6, it left the tourism industry, one of the territory’s main income generators, with over $3 billion in damages. Three months after Irma’s landfall Penny Marshall returns to see how far they have got with reconstruction ahead of 2018 - a year in which they were hoping to break all previous tourism records. The islands were shut to tourists for the whole of October in the hope that locals could concentrate on the clean-up and repairs of buildings and infrastructure. The first charters started arriving in November. Will the islands be open for business come January? 

 

CYBERSECURITY AND MICROSOFT – JOEL HILLS

Cyber-crime is now a multi-billion-dollar issue. The WannaCry virus attack in May, which paralysed the NHS and computer networks in more than 100 countries, demonstrated its impact on people's everyday lives. Joel Hills has been given rare access to Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit in Seattle, to find out what one of the biggest tech giants in the world is doing to fight the problem of cyber-attacks. Joel interviews Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, and its president, Brad Smith, asking who is responsible for preventing cyber-attacks as well as exploring the issue of state-sponsored hacking.

 

FGM IN SOMALILAND – RAGEH OMAAR

In Somaliland, the self-declared state in the Horn of Africa, it is estimated 98 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have had their genitals forcibly mutilated. One of those women is Nimco Ali, who was born in Somaliland and now lives in the UK. Nimco is a prominent FGM campaigner, and set up a charity called Daughters of Eve, taking her campaign to Barack Obama, David Cameron and Melinda Gates. Rageh Omaar travels back to Somaliland, his family’s home country, to find out how Nimco and other FGM campaigners are attempting to eradicate it, making it the first state in Africa to do so. The report includes interviews with the prominent FGM campaigner Edna Adnan and a ‘cutter’, a woman who performs FGM on young girls.

 

Presenter:  Rageh Omaar

Correspondents:  Penny Marshall, Joel Hills, Rageh Omaar

Producer/ Directors: Anna Bucks and Sonia Pavlovic

Series Producer:  Delilah Jeary

Executive Producer:  Natalie Fay

The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Tuesday 30 May 2017.

 

Fronted by Rageh Omaar, ITV’s flagship international current affairs series On Assignment returns for a new five week run, bringing you fascinating and revealing stories from around the world, featuring ITV News’ award-winning team of correspondents.

 

The following reports will air in the fourth programme:

 

ALBINOS IN MALAWI – JOHN RAY

 

They worry about the blazing sun on their fragile skin, and now nightfall brings no shelter to the albino community in Malawi. The number of killings and attacks has risen dramatically over the last three years with many being attacked by those closest to them. Africa Correspondent John Ray travels there to speak to the people most affected and tries to find out how these terrible crimes can be stopped.

 

THE SHRINKING DEAD SEA – DAN RIVERS

 

The Dead Sea, possibly the world’s most famous salty lake, is shrinking at an alarming rate. The surface level is dropping more than a metre each year which means the planet’s lowest point is being recalibrated on an annual basis. The effects are overwhelming, with a new sinkhole appearing every single day some as wide as 40 metres. Tourism in the area is suffering, as beachside hotels find themselves stranded hundreds of meters away from the water. Dan Rivers travels there to see first-hand the how the shrinking sea is destroying the area, and finds out how the locals are trying to cope.

 

CHESS – JULIET BREMNER 

 

Few people could point to it on a map, but the tiny nation of Armenia just happens to be the chess capital of the world.  It has one of the highest number of chess grandmasters per capita, it’s compulsory for children to learn to play chess at school and the government pays its grandmasters a symbolic sum every month it considers them so important.  Juliet Bremner travels to Armenia to meet the established grandmasters, grandmasters-in-training, and even the President, to find out what makes Armenia so crazy for chess.

 

Presenter:  Rageh Omaar

Correspondents: John Ray, Dan Rivers, Juliet Bremner 

Series Producer:  Delilah Jeary

Executive Producer:  Natalie Fay

 

 

 

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