In this ground-breaking documentary series, Ross Kemp investigates some of the extreme issues facing our planet today. Over four programmes, he visits Chicago, the destination of a drugs epidemic; the Congo, where mutilation and rape are used as weapons of war; Juarez, Mexico, the murder capital of the world and, finally, Haiti, a country trapped in a vicious cycle of disaster, poverty and crime.
Chicago Ross travels to the scene of America's biggest heroin problem to investigate an epidemic that is destroying lives, families and entire communities and is now moving from the city's ghettos to its most affluent suburbs. Granted rare access into the city's secretive and highly lucrative drug underworld. Ross visits shooting galleries and witnesses gang members preparing wholesale consignments of heroin in underground 'stash houses'.
Congo Heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ross finds himself on the frontline of the deadliest yet least reported conflict since World War II. The savagery of the militia involved knows no bounds, with six million lives claimed so far. not to mention the rape and mutilation of an incomprehensible number of women.
Mexico Reduced to a warzone. more than 3.000 people were gunned down in Juarez last year as the fight to take control of the drug trade between Mexico and US intensifies. Cartels run the city through a policy known as 'silver or lead' and Ross follows their bloody trail...
Haiti Finally. Ross travels to Haiti, which, in January last year, was hit by one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. The international community pledged more than ten billion dollars to help rebuild the country, yet only a fraction of the aid arrived and, today, its plight is as desperate as ever. One year on and Ross is shocked to find more than a million Haitians homeless, crime rampant and Haiti in the grip of a cholera epidemic.