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[11:00:11] BECKY ANDESRON, HOST: Fleeing violence in Kunduz, these Afghans are in desperate need of assistance. And now the most advanced hospital in

the area is in ruins after a suspected U.S. airstrike.

Tonight, this hour, we speak to Medecins San Frontiers UK executive director about what this loss means to the local population and the

organization's work in the country.

Also ahead, the Syria civil war has become a lot more complex as Russia steps up its military role in the country. We're going to take a look at

where things stand.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why don't you take your cheap camera and get out of this ring before I make you get out?


ANDERSON: Well, CNN dares to cross the Arab world's first female pro wrestler and steps into that very ring. Find out what happened to our

reporter later in the show.

ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with Becky Anderson.

ANDERSON: Very good evening at 7:00 here in the UAE. We start in Afghanistan this evening where there is growing criticism over a suspected

U.S. airstrike that killed 19 people at a hospital.

Now, the attack in the troubled province of Kunduz on Saturday tore apart a Doctors Without Borders facility. U.S. officials say they are

investigating the incident and whether an American gunship operating in the area may have been responsible for the strike.

Well, a separate NATO investigation is expected to have preliminary results in the next few days.

The charity itself, MSF, says it informed Afghan and American officials that the hospital was being bombed, but the attack continued.

The United Nations has also condemned the incident saying it could be, quote, criminal.

Let's get you straight to the Afghan capital, Kabul, where I'm joined by CNN's Nic Robertson. And first off, Nic, what is the latest that you are

hearing from there?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, NATO is saying -- NATO resolute support is saying that they are going to have what they're

calling a casualty assessment team, that is a multinational investigation that anticipates having results in a matter of days, multinational being

different from the formal investigation that the U.S. military has said that they will be launching.

What NATO is also saying is that they now have a clear picture from their point of view of what happened that night in Kunduz. They say U.S. forces

(inaudible) airstrike in Kunduz at 2:15 a.m. against insurgents, the Taliban, who were directly firing upon U.S. service members who were

advising and assisting Afghan security forces in the city.

The strike was conducted in the vicinity of the Doctors Without Borders medical facility, that's what NATO is saying right now.

But we've also been hearing from Doctors Without Borders in the last few minutes issuing a new statement, and this is a very strongly worded

statement, and it speaks to the issue of how the investigation should be conducted and it speaks to the issue of what they believe happened.

And it begins under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed. MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation in the

event be conducted by an independent international body. And it goes on to say that relying only on an international investigation by a -- rather

relying only on an internal investigation by a party to the conflict would be wholly insufficient.

What they're speaking to there is the fact that the United States is doing its own investigation.

What MSF thinks about the NATO casualty assessment team -- this assessment investigation will be done and reported on a matter of days, they haven't

commented on. But they're saying very clearly here that under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed. They are really making

their displeasure at the way this is being handled. And of course what happened itself very, very clear, Becky.

ANDERSON: All right.

Well, as we await the results of that investigation, or those investigations.

The hospital, as I understand it, is no longer functional. What do we know about what staff are doing to relocate patients? And how, Nic, will this

affect how Afghans view U.S. military involvement in their country?

ROBERTSON: Well, it's not going to help the impression. And certainly the Afghan president addressed that when he said it was incumbent on NATO and

Afghan forces to avoid civilian casualties.

Doctors Without Borders have moved some staff out of Kunduz and move them to the capital. They've moved some of the patients -- well, all the

patients have been removed from the damaged hospital -- there was a government hospital in Kunduz. It doesn't have the same medical facilities

surgical teams and equipment that the Doctors Without Borders hospital had some patients have gone there.

Now, the ministry of health told us today, this afternoon, that they had got a plane load of medical supplies and medical professionals. The Afghan

government had got those in as far as the Kunduz airport. And that will be supplementing the sort of medical facilities on the ground.

But we know from Doctors Without Borders that there really is insufficient capacity in Kunduz to treat all the trauma cases that have been coming in.

And they've taken some of the worst injured right now to a town called (inaudible). It's about two hours drive south of Kunduz. It's not a

particularly big town. I've been there. It's quite small. And one of the problems that they face on the highway is that highway has Taliban

checkpoints on it.

This is the high way that would lead you back to Kabul. So, it does show you rather the situation in Kunduz, the government say that they're there

with their forces on the ground beginning to reassert control of the town, yet the main high way back to the capital still has, we are told by the

latest reports that we have, that there are Taliban checkpoints on that main highway, Becky.

[11:06:17] ANDERSON: Nic Robertson is reporting out of Kabul in Afghanistan for you this evening. Thank you, Nic.

As I mentioned, the charity itself is demanding an explanation and suspects that international coalition forces were responsible.

Well, we have now on the line -- or sorry, joining us live MSF's UK director Vickie Hawkins. And Vicki, you were formerly Afghanistan

coordinator for MSF. So, let's start with what you know about the hospital and its work.

VICKIE HAWKINS, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS UK DIRECTOR: So, the hospital is really a vital facility in northeast in Afghanistan. It's the only one of

its kind. It's been running for four years. And we take in mainly patience with injuries that they've received as a result of the fighting,

either perhaps they've stepped on a land mine or have been directly caught in the crossfire.

We saw in 2014, we had 22,000 patience. So, it's a very busy facility. It's now closed. And obviously that means it has a huge impact on the

people of northeast Afghanistan, let alone the tragic consequences of the attack itself.

ANDERSON: As an organization, who do you believe was responsible? What happened?

HAWKINS: Well, we have yet to find out the exact facts. We're calling for an independent investigation into this incident. It's not good enough for

us for the U.S. to potentially be investigating the attack themselves. We want an outside body to have a look at what happened.

This was a sustained attack. We were hit on at least four separate occasions. Even after making calls to both the representatives of both

international military forces and Afghan military forces to tell them that the hospital was being bombed.

So, we really need some answers. And we're calling for an independent investigation to ensure that we get those.

ANDERSON: Meantime, is there any evidence to suggest that Taliban could have been using the hospital as cover?

HAWKINS: The gates of the hospital were shut when it got dark, which is normal practice. Inside the hospital we have a 105 patience, their

caretakers, and 80 MSF staff. There was nothing untoward happening in the hospital that evening. Our hospitals are always weapon free zones. There

were no people, there weren't people with guns inside the hospital. The whole -- the evening was completely normal, completely quiet until the

attack started to happen.

ANDERSON: And we just confirm that MSF saying it made all combatants -- the Afghan army, NATO, the U.S., and indeed local Taliban aware that this

is a functioning trauma unit, and as such attacking it would violate international law -- correct?

HAWKINS: That's absolutely the case. In all conflict zones, we have open channels of communication with the warring parties. We frequently update

them on our position. The GPS coordinates of this hospital were last given to international military forces and Afghan military forces on the 29th of

September. So they had very up to date information as to our whereabouts. They knew exactly who was there and what we were doing.

ANDERSON: This isn't the first time Medecins San Frontiers, or Doctors Without Borders, has suffered casualties in Afghanistan. In June 2004,

five of your staff were killed. Because of that, the charity left the country for five years, only returning in 2009.

Is there a similar risk of MSF withdrawing this time?

HAWKINS: I really can't answer that question at the moment. The future depends on the answers that we get over the coming days. So we really --

we really call for -- we want a transparent and independent investigation in order for us to understand better how this violation could have

occurred, and only then will we be in a position to make decisions to make about the future of the facility in Kunduz and the future of our presence

in Afghanistan.

[11:10:55] ANDERSON: I know everybody who lost their lives at the hospital, the trauma unit, were Afghans. Just how big an impact has this

had on MSF?

HAWKINS: Well, obviously, this is one of the most serious and grave incidents that's happened in our entire history. Definitely the single

biggest loss of life we've ever experienced in Afghanistan.

We -- it was -- this is a functioning hospital. People -- our staff were working at the time of this attack. One of our patience was found dead on

the operating table.

So, as a medical organization, that's obviously going to be an enormous trauma for us, and particularly for those of our staff that were directly

involved and the families of the Afghan staff and the patients that we've lost.

But what we really need now is -- I've said this a number of times, but I'll say it again, we need answers. We need that clear, transparent and

independent investigation so that we can understand how this could possibly have occurred.

ANDERSON: The conclusion of an internal investigation then clearly not enough at this point. You've made your point very clear.

Vickie, thank you very much indeed for joining us. And condolences to your colleagues and their family and to the families of those Afghan patients

who lost their lives.

To Jerusalem now where Israeli police have restricted access to the old city after two attacks this weekend in which two Israeli men died and both

Palestinian attackers were shot dead.

These are the latest violent incidents in what is an already tense city which has seen continued clashed at one of the holiest site for both Jews

and Muslims.

Both say Muslim men under the age of 50 are now banned from prayers at the Temple Mount which also houses the al Aqsa Mosque, but a CNN team at the

scene says Muslims of all ages, including women, were not allowed to enter the mosque, leaving some people praying in the street.

Well, let's bring in CNN's Erin McLaughlin who is in Jerusalem. And Erin, you've been out in the Old City today. Describe what you saw?


Well, I saw and extremely tense scene. The Old City when we were there for the most part was empty, shops were shuttered, afterall Israeli security

forces say they are only allowing residents of the Old City inside, although we did happen to see a small group of tourists there looking

rather frightened. There was a very heavy security presence throughout the city as well as around the city, some 3,500 security personnel have been

deployed in that area. The ground, we saw, really littered with evidence of the clashes that have been unfolding inside the old city. We saw glass,

stones, marbles as well as tear gas canisters and rubber bullets.

When we were there, they were not allowing anyone, as far as we could see, inside the al Aqsa Mosque. We actually saw them turn away a 75-year-old

woman, and therefore a group of worshipers, a small group of worshipers, had gathered outside the Old City to pray. And when we talked to them,

they were angry and frustrated at the restrictions that had been put in place, restrictions that Israeli officials say are there for security


ANDERSON: Erin McLaughlin is in Jerusalem for you this evening.

Still to come on this show, 14 minutes past 7:00 in the UAE, Russia says its bombing campaign in Syrian is off to a successful start. We're going

to get a view from the region on just how much of a gamechanger their military operation is or might be.

Taking a short break, back after this.


[11:17:55] ANDERSON: Well, mass mourning as hundreds of bodies come home - - grief and anger intermingling. Thousands turned out in Tehran to one of the victims of a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia 10 days


The tragedy has turned into a war of words between traditional rival Shiite Iran and Riyadh's Sunni rulers, inflaming what is an already sour


The two regional giants have conflicting interests in several countries across the Middle East, most notably at present in Syria.

Well, Syria today is a place of many conflicting interests. And the latest powers to spar over their differing agendas there are Russia and the U.S.

as you will be well aware.

Moscow says it is intensifying airstrikes against ISIS and other extremist rebels in Syria. They started last week at the request of the Syrian

government. And Russia is already claiming some success. But Washington says civilians are dying and says Moscow is targeting western-backed

fighters as well as terrorists.

Well, Russia denies targeting civilians or the Free Syrian Army. In fact, it was only on Thursday at a press conference in New York that when asked

about exactly who it is that the Russians are targeting, the foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov said if it's a terrorist, walks like a terrorists,

talks like a terrorist and acts like a terrorist it is a terrorist as far as Russia is concerned. And they will be targeted.

However, he did say that the FSA, the Free Syrian Army, is seen as legitimate opposition. And they wouldn't be targeted. So, that is as

things stand.

CNN Senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman covering the very latest developments in Syria from neighboring Lebanon. He is joining us now from


I know you have been talking to your sources on the ground. Ben, what are you hearing about what is happening on the ground and from the air?

[11:19:56] BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, what we're hearing, Becky, is basically what we've been hearing since the beginning of

these operations began on Wednesday, and that is that the airstrikes are mainly focused on the areas in Idlib Province, Hamaa and Homs, which are in

west central Syria. They aren't in areas where is a significant ISIS presence.

And that seems to be the tactic here at the moment. There have been a few Russian airstrikes on targets around Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS in

central north Syria, but really the focus is on rebels who traditionally backed by the United States of the Gulf states or Turkey. Among those

targets that the Russians are striking are targets belonging to Jubhat al- Nusra, which is the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

But as I said by and large it's on those areas rather than on ISIS, which is what obviously the United States and its allies have been doing. They,

in their last report said they had six strikes on ISIS targets within Syria. But Russia seems to have other things in mind -- Becky.

ANDERSON: Earlier, Iranian state media released what was a wide ranging interview, Ben, with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And he later

tweeted that if the coalition comprising of Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq doesn't succeed, then he said the whole region might disintegrate.

Ben, is Assad right in saying that no matter what you think about what Russia is doing, failure at this stage could have wider ramifications for

the region?

WEDEMAN: Well, certainly -- I mean, it was a 22 page on paper interview by the Syrian president with Iranian television. And he sort of covered a

wide range of topics.

He did -- he did allege that Russian failure in Syria would be a disaster for the whole of the Middle East.

Now, obviously what Russia seems to be doing at the moment, and Iran and Hezbollah, is trying to bolster the Assad regime, prevent it from falling.

Who could it fall to? Well, there's plenty of candidates. That includes rebel groups that are hostile to ISIS, and it includes ISIS as well.

Without the Assad regime in power in Syria, yes, you would probably have a free for all between a variety of groups, some of them very hostile to the

west, like Jubhat al-Nusra and like ISIS, which indeed could shake the already shaky stability of the entire region.

So, in a sense he may have a point, Becky.

ANDERSON: Yeah, and Ben, Assad also went on to say, interestingly, that, quote, "if my leaving office is the solution, I will never hesitate to do


Is he leaving the door open for possibly leaving if some sort of managed political transition is agreed upon and you've rightly pointed out that

what's going on on the ground is very, very complex, very nuanced. The stakeholders are a myriad of characters and groups. There's no obvious

likely successor.

What do you think about his words there. Is that closer to a I quit line than we've heard before?

WEDEMAN: Well, we've heard him before talking the talk, but he has yet to walk the walk. In terms of real reform, a real opening up of the system.

You'll recall when he came to power after the death of his father in 2000, there was something that was called The Damascus Spring when very ever so

briefly there was a slight loosening of the very tight controls that were kept in place by his father for many years.

But at the end of the day, the spring quickly turned to winter. And certainly by the time of the outbreak, Syrian revolution in March of 2011,

there were no indications at the time that there was going to a return to any sort of Damascus spring.

So, yes, Syria has engaged in this process of dialogue through the United Nations special envoy for Syria. Just in the beginning of last year, in

fact, Syria did send representatives to Geneva where they met with members of the opposition and -- but it came to nothing. And there's no indication

that this time his talking and talking is going to end up with him walking.

ANDERSON: Ben Wedeman is in Beirut coming the story for you this evening. That war in Syria.

Of course, it's a story that we've covered from the off here on Connect the World. For the very latest on the conflict, is where you need to

head, where you can find this piece graphicizing (ph) Russia's involvement in Syria, amongst other things. That's

Still to come this hour...


[11:25:15] UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, look who it is? CNN. Oh, you know what, why don't you take your cheap camera, get out of this ring...


ANDERSON: Meet the young woman breaking down stereotypes in the Middle East one body slam at a time.


ANDERSON: You're watching Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Welcome back.

I want to take you into the ring now with the Lebanese teenager who has stormed the Arab wrestling scene. Joelle Hunter is the only female

wrestler in the conservative Gulf. CNN's Amir Daftari shows us some of her star quality.


AMIR DAFTARI, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Make way for Joelle Hunter, the Arab world's only female pro wrestler. Born in Lebanon, raised in

Saudi Arabia, and now living in the UAE. This 17-year-old Muslim isn't just beating people up, she's breaking down barriers.

GHEEDA CHAMASACKLINE, PRO WRESTLER: Some people are like, oh, okay, well, you know, she's a shame. You know, she thinks she can just go around and

change, you know, tradition. Wrestling is a male sport, it's an aggressive sport. You know, she should pretty much be in the kitchen or be putting on

makeup somewhere.

DAFTARI: But none of that negativity has pinned down any of her ambition.

CHAMASACKLINE: I want to change how females are seen in the Arab world. I want everyone to see females as less of, you know, pretty faces and more

of, okay, you know I can walk in here and I can beat someone up.

DAFTARI; And it certainly takes a lot of practice. Joelle trains three times a week, because as the only girl she has no choice but to grapple

with guys.

CHAMASACKLINE: My wrestling mates are all very supportive. Never felt like I was being treated like a girl.

A lot of positive reactions are -- she's making history. She's changing things around. She's standing up for all the women out there.

DAFTARI: Even though this form of wrestling isn't completely real, it's growing in popularity, especially here in the Middle East.

[11:30:06] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They can't get enough wrestling. They only get the TV show, but they don't even live wrestling that comes to them.

So, we're providing that.

CHAMASACKLINE: There's nothing more fun than beating like someone out.

DAFTARI: Right. Time for me to get this a go. I mean, how can it be really? It's just a girl, right?

Amir Daftari, CNN, Dubai.


ANDERSON: Serves him right.

The latest world news headlines are just ahead. Plus, Donald Trump is talking about arming teachers after a mass shooting at an Oregon college.

The latest on the race for U.S. president is in about 10 minutes time for you here on CNN. Don't go away.


ANDERSON: You're watching Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson. These are the top stories at just after half past 7:00 in the UAE.

Health charity MSF says 22 people are now dead from Saturday's airstrikes on one of its hospitals in Afghanistan. The charity is also calling for an

independent body to investigate what happened. Both NATO and the U.S. military have launched their own separate investigations into the attack.

Israeli police have temporarily restricted access to the Old City after two attacks this weekend in which two Israeli men died in both Palestinian

attackers were shot dead. It comes after a spate of violent incidents and clashes at one of the holier sites for Jews and Muslims. Police say men

under the age of 50 are now banned from the al Aqsa Mosque.

Russia says it's intensifying its airstrikes in Syria. In the past 24 hours it's carried out 20 sorties on ISIS positions, according to Russia's

defense ministry. The U.S.-backed coalition accuses Moscow of targeting mainstream opponents of Syria's president, which Russia denies.

And thousands of Iranians turned out to one of the victims of a stampede in Saudi Arabia 10 days ago. The bodies of 464 victims have started to arrive

home amid a bitter war of words between Iran and the Sunni kingdom. Tehran furious over what it sees as negligence in the handling of the annual Hajj

pilgrimage and over the slow pace of identification and the return of bodies.

In the U.S. state of Oregon, authorities say the gunman who attacked a college campus on Thursday committed suicide. Chris Harper Mercer had been

in a gun battle with police after he launched a shooting rampage that left nine people dead and nine wounded.

Well, U.S. Republican President Front-runner Donald Trump is offering his opinion on the Oregon college shooting. At a campaign event on Saturday

Trump said that had there been armed teachers at the college, the shooting might not have been as tragic.

Current Vice President Joe Biden has been making his intentions known about a possible run yet and will likely miss next week's first Democratic


Meantime, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton took some time away from campaigning for a little comedy, appearing on the NBC program Saturday

Night Live. Clinton mocked rival Donald Trump.

Well, CNN's Chris Frates joins me now from Washington.

Let's start with Donald Trump. Choice words from the presidential contender on what he thinks the response to this deadly shooting on the

campus in Oregon should be.

Will that sort of rhetoric win him more or less support in the U.S. in 2016?

[11:37:20] CHRIS FRATES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, I think the rhetoric that we heard, Becky, was red meat Republican rhetoric. He said a number

of things which a lot of the GOP field said after the shooting. He said it's about mental illness. He said that no matter what kind of gun laws you

have, no matter how tough you make gun control. People are still going to fall through the cracks. And he also made a point of saying that if there

had been armed teachers on that campus, that things might have been differently and less people may have died.

In fact, I think we have a little bit of sound. Let's listen to what Donald Trump said about armed teachers on that Oregon campus.


DONALD TRUMP, 2016 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The second amendment to our constitution is clear. Now this is in light of what's gone on with

Oregon. You know, every time something happens they blame -- they don't blame mental illness that our mental health care is out of whack and all of

the other problems.

And by the way, it was a gun free zone. I will tell you, if you had a couple of the teachers or somebody with guns in that room, you would have

been a hell of a lot better off. You would have been a hell of a lot better off.


FRATES: Now, Becky, you know, that last line there sounds a lot, if you remember, like what National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre said after

the Newtown school massacre. He had made the point that created a lot of controversy here in the U.S. that if only there were armed guards in every

school in America, maybe we wouldn't have these school shootings.

And, you know, it's important to note that that is a position that much of the GOP field has. In fact, another candidate for president, Jeb Bush,

stumbled a little bit today -- excuse me, last week, when he said that in fact "stuff happens." Essentially when things like a school shooting

occur, you can't legislate your way out of them.

You know, that is an answer that a lot of the Republican base wants to hear, but certainly it divides the country in this electorate.

ANDERSON: An exasperated President Obama talking about the Oregon mass shooting on Thursday.

Listen, let's talk about the Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, because we've just been talking about the Republican front-runner.

I know that Clinton has got a heavy month coming up in this October. Shes' got a debate. She's got the Benghazi congressional hearing again. And

she's got a decision from Biden about whether he will run. What is the likelihood at this point? What are we hearing from the Biden camp?

FRATES: I'll tell you, Becky. This is kind of the biggest parlor game in Washington right now. Will Joe Biden run or won't he? And we're expecting

that he'd get a decision before the CNN debate. That's on October 13th. And last week, we learned in fact that he plans to skip that debate, that

he's not going to premier and take on Hillary Clinton and the other Democratic candidates for president in that debate. He'll probably sit

that out, and that we should expect to hear his decision some time later this month.

Now, that creates problem for Biden. In fact, you know, he is so late to this game that, you know, going another month into November makes it even

harder for him to get in. Certainly, he's seen some good signs, some Hillary Clinton donors have defected to the draft Biden campaign. They're

going to give money to that campaign.

But this is the biggest guessing game in Washington. Hillary Clinton certainly is worried that if Joe gets in her will siphon off some of her

support. But right now it's unclear whether his heart is really in it. Remember, you know, he lost his son tragically earlier this year. Lots of

people said that reignited his interest in this race. His son Beau wanted him to run for governor. And now we have to wait and see whether he heeds

that call.

ANDERSON: All right. Lots to come.

Chris, thank you.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And (inaudible) completes the rout. And he ends England's World Cup.


ANDERSON: Heartbreak for English rugby fans. Years of waiting for a home World Cup, but they are already out of the tournament.

The 33-13 defeat to Australia means that they cannot progress to the quarterfinals.

Earlier I asked sports analyst James Piercey what the result could mean for English rugby.


JAMES PIERCEY, SPORTS ANALYST: It was a disaster for England from start to finish. I think as bad as it could have gone for Stewart Lancaster and his

team. They were totally outplayed. I think they were only really in the game for about 10 minutes at the start of the second half when Anthony

Watson touched down. But they were totally outclassed in so many areas of the pitch. I mean, the scrum, for example, where England's --

traditionally being England's powerbase in the game, and Australia it's always been their weakness. Australia have always been about throwing the

ball around, lightning quick backs. But they totally dominated England up front. Five or six penalties conceded.

And it was a humiliating defeat, because it's everything that kind of Lancaster feared, and perhaps the nation feared but didn't really want to

address the fact this was a young, inexperienced team.

And what this means to the tournament is that obviously the host nation have gone. I mean, this sort of cliche is unique to hosts. I don't

necessary subscribe to that all the time. I think ticket sales will still be very good. And ultimately, England weren't good enough. Why should

they be in the quarterfinals. You want the eight best teams competing in the knockouts. You want the quality to be there.

I mean, it's been a wonderful World Cup. If you take England aside, Japan have been brilliant, Wales have been brilliant, South Africa are now coming

into it. You've had Georgia putting up a fight against the All Blacks. You know, there's been some really, really great stories. And there's

still plenty more to come. So, for the tournament itself, I think after the initial shock I think it'll be OK.


ANDERSON: Well, another story dominating sports headlines is Jose Mourinho still the Special One? Well, his Chelsea side lost again on Saturday --

we're talking football, or soccer.

This time 3-1 at home to Southampton increasing the pressure on the Portuguese manager. But he insists he is going nowhere.


JOSE MOURINHO, CHELSEA MANAGER: No way I resign. No way. Why? Because Chelsea cannot have a better manager than me. There are many managers in

the world that belong to my level, but not better -- but not better. So no chance I run away.



PIERCEY: In his post-match press conference, which was the rantings many would say of a man under immense pressure. And I think when you look a the

Chelsea team and you look at -- you look at the players that took them to the title last season, Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard, Branislav

Ivanovic, John Terry, the core of that side, none of those players are performing.

Mourinho has got a history of in his third season relationships breaking down by his mere nature, by his ego, by the way he works. You know, he's a

manager that you essentially either love or hate. And we could be getting into a situation now where the dressing room is turning.


ANDERSON: Well, James Piercey there from the UAE-based newspaper Sport 360 and another big game in the Premier League taking place right now.

Arsenal are at home against Manchester United. Turn away, turn down if you don't want to know what the score is. Right. I'm going to give it to you.

It's almost halfime and the score is 3-0. If it stays that way, Arsenal will move above United into second place.

Wow, that is quite a result.

Coming up to half term at the Emirates in North London.

Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Coming up, healing through photography. Yazidi women go behind the lens as

they recover from the scars left by ISIS.


[11:48:38] ANDERSON: You're with CNN. This is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Welcome back.

The Freedom Project, the CNN Freedom Project committed to the fight against modern day slavery. And we make no excuses for that. All this week, we

are focusing on a group that has suffered countless atrocities at the hands of one of the world's most ruthless militant groups.

ISIS has killed and enslaved many people from the Yazidi religious minority as my colleague Atika Shubert now reports, many Yazidi girls who are now

free are turning to photography to mend their shattered lives. Have a look at this.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello, my name is Dena. I am a photojournalist.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello. My name is Ruth. I am a photojournalist.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello. My name is (INAUDIBLE). I am a photojournalist.

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): These are just a small group of girls who escaped from Sinjar last August when

ISIS brutally encroached upon their homes, killing and capturing many. They now heal through photography at a camp for displaced Yazidis. This project

run by UNICEF helps empower girls to tell their own stories through photos.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm 19 years old. This picture is my favorite picture. I took it in a dressmaking course. It is my favorite picture because this

woman was working as a tailor. She doesn't keep it.

SHUBERT: Some of these girls were captured and abused by ISIS, and now have found a way to rebuild their lives. Many hundreds didn't have the same

chance. This video circulating online shows ISIS fighters selling captured Yazidi women. But for those who escaped, it is a chance to rebuild and to


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (Through Translation): This place is called Laleche. There are sacred Yazidi graves here that people visit.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (Through Translation): I took this photo of an old Yazidi woman living in the camp. I took this photo because it shows her sad

facial expressions.

SHUBERT (on camera): We've heard stories of great sadness, but there are also stories of incredible resilience and empowerment. And these young

women are telling their stories through their own pictures and their own words.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (Through Translation): This photo is my favorite. There is fatigue in her face. Her face expressed tiredness. I chose to take this

photo because she was wearing traditional Yazidi clothes, and so I decided to take a photo of her.

SHUBERT (voice-over): In a camp where nearly half of the residents are children, cases like these are replete with stories of loss. The U.N.

estimates that hundreds of girls and women are still missing, held by ISIS as six slaves. The exact number is hard to determine. But for now, life

through the lens captures tales of tragedy and hope.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name is Rafi. I am a photojournalist.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, my name is (INAUDIBLE). I am a photojournalist.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I am (INAUDIBLE). I'm a photojournalist.

SHUBERT: Atika Shubert, CNN, in Duhok, Kurdistan.


ANDERSON: CNN Freedom Project will be covering the plight of the Yazidis all week. On Monday, we'll look at a former Iraqi lawmaker who has

dedicated her life to saving Yazidi women still stuck in ISIS territory.

I'll be back after this short break. Stay with us.


[11:55:43] ANDERSON: Well, in your Parting Shots tonight, a journey that is connecting the world. Two young professionals have set out on a road trip

from Singapore to Denmark. Here's their story.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My name is Park Roysoy (ph), this is Nigel Malleck (ph).

We met in Singapore about three or four years ago. The reason why I started this trip is I've always enjoyed traveling. And I really enjoy

charity work. So we decided to combine all those together and do a road trip starting in Singapore and finishing in Denmark.

When the floods hit in Myanmar, we're stuck in a town called Calais. It was the worst flood in 200 years they've seen there.

There have been massive rain storms for about a week, 10 days. And finally it washed through and was washing out villages. The massive landslides,

everything was cut off, towns were separated from the main town of Calais.

We decided to start helping carry rice across on rafts, helping people across. We ended up helping pregnant lady. She was eight months pregnant.

Her water broke. Helped her across. And then put her in my car and took her -- rushed he to the hospital.


ANDERSON: Connecting the World.

I'm Becky Anderson. From the team here, it's a very good evening.