Author Archives: Sally Hayden

March/April – Foreign Policy, the Irish Times, Taz, RTE, the Guardian, Al Jazeera (selected)

‘”Cruel” trafficker accused of torturing refugees found guilty in Ethiopia’, the Guardian, Apr 30, 2021

Event with German newspaper Taz, Apr 24, 2021

‘Denmark is wrong. Syria is anything but safe for returning refugees’, the Irish Times, Apr 24, 2021

An Ebola preparedness workshop on the Guinea-Sierra Leone border

‘Sierra Leone prepares for another Ebola outbreak’, the Irish Times, April 19, 2021

‘”No other home”: Refugees in Kenya camps devastated over closure’, Al Jazeera, Apr 5, 2021

‘”I miss school”: 800m children still not fully back in classes’, the Guardian, Apr 5, 2021

My reporting mentioned in this extract from Ty McCormick’s new book, Mar 30, 2021

‘Families still sleeping outside week after Freetown’s devastating fire’, the Irish Times, Mar 30, 2021

A boat sails away from Dublin island, Sierra Leone

‘The Sierra Leone island with an Irish name and a slave-trading past’, the Irish Times, Mar 29, 2021

Radio piece on Sierra Leonean women trafficked to the Middle East, RTE World Report, Radio One, Mar 28, 2021 (programme starts at 12.44)

A boy carries scrap metal away from the aftermath of the fire at Susan’s Bay, Freetown

‘”I have nothing”: Fire in Freetown slum displaces thousands’, the Irish Times, Mar 25, 2021

Guardian’s photo hightlights of the day, March 25, 2021.

‘Medical charity staff witness “horrific” executions in Tigray’, the Irish Times, Mar 25, 2021

‘Outcry over election-related abductions in Uganda’, the Irish Times, Mar 24, 2021

Sierra Leone president Julius Maada Bio gets his first vaccine dose as the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme begins

‘People trafficking: “They were killers. They have raped many women”’, the Irish Times, Mar 13, 2021

‘A major anti-Kony verdict is no relief’, Foreign Policy, Mar 9, 2021

January/February – the Irish Times, VICE, RTE (selected)

‘How Did One of North Africa’s Biggest Human Traffickers Escape Prison?’, VICE, Feb 23, 2021

A radio report on the Dominic Ongwen ICC verdict, World Report, RTE Radio One, Feb 7, 2021 (programme starts from 12.50)

Men in Dominic Ongwen’s home village watch the verdict in his International Criminal Court trial on February 4, 2021

‘Lukodi massacre: “They should pay us because we lost so many people”’, the Irish Times, Feb 5, 2021

Boys in Dominic Ongwen’s home village of Coorom listen as the ICC verdict is broadcast on a single radio set

‘In Dominic Ongwen’s home village, many see a victim more than a perpetrator’, the Irish Times, Feb 4, 2021

‘Museveni takes victory lap after winning Uganda’s presidential race’, the Irish Times, Jan 21, 2021

‘Uganda’s internet-less election may be the most surveilled ever’, the Irish Times, Jan 19, 2021

‘Ugandan election: Museveni wins sixth term as opposition leader put under “house arrest”‘, the Irish Times, Jan 17, 2021

Supporters of Yoweri Museveni celebrate his re-election as president of Uganda

‘Young Ugandans Want Change From the Only President They’ve Ever Known’, VICE, Jan 15, 2021

Soldiers patrol close to Bobi Wine’s house on the day of Uganda’s election results, as the opposition leader is placed under house arrest

Reporting on the Ugandan presidential election, Morning Ireland, RTE Radio One, Jan 14, 2021

Ugandans queue in Makere, on the outskirts of Kampala, to vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections

Photos from Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary election.

‘Ugandans choose between pop singer and longtime leader in tense election’, the Irish Times, Jan 14, 2021

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine, and his wife, Barbie, leave his home ahead of voting

‘Coronavirus used as political tool in Uganda as healthcare needs neglected’, J4T/Irish Times, Jan 12, 2021

In the UCD alumni magazine.

‘Uganda’s Revolution Will Be Livestreamed’, VICE, January 11, 2021

‘Libya: coronavirus has deadly impact on life-saving evacuations’, the Irish Times, Jan 1, 2021

November/December – RTE, the Irish Times (selected)

Irish Times correspondents pick their moment of the year, World View podcast, Dec 23, 2020

‘Kony’s children: The former child soldiers of Uganda’, the Irish Times, Nov 28, 2020

Speaking at Disruption Lab conference, ‘Borders of Fear’, in Berlin, Nov 27-28

Interview in Il Mitte, Nov 14, 2020

UCD talk, Nov 12, 2020

Human smugglers go on trial in Ethiopia, World Report, RTE Radio One, Nov 8, 2020 (programme starts at 11.40)

September/October – Irish Times, RTE, Atmos (selected)

‘UN peacekeepers withdraw from South Sudan civilian protection sites’, the Irish Times, Oct 29, 2020

‘The Irish Times claims largest number of entries on journalism awards shortlist’, Oct 20, 2020

‘Libyan refugees: “We are in hell and darkness”‘, Atmos, Oct 9, 2020

Radio piece on child marriage rising during the pandemic, RTE World Report, Oct 4, 2020 (programme starts about 12 mins in)

‘Westlife’s fans across Africa: “I listen to them every day”‘, the Irish Times Magazine, Sept 26, 2020

A coronavirus burial in Gulu, northern Uganda

‘”We are not here for ceremony”: The indignity of a coronavirus burial’, the Irish Times, Sept 22, 2020 (more photos up here)

‘Evictions and hunger: life in Kampala as Covid cases surge’, the Irish Times, Sept 21, 2020

UCD Alumni Award for Law, 2020.

July/August – the Irish Times, the Guardian, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, RTE (selected)

Radio piece on an increase in poaching in Uganda’s national parks, World Report, RTE Radio One, Aug 30, 2020 (programme from around 12 minutes in)

‘Museveni deploys day of prayer in fight against coronavirus’, the Irish Times, Aug 30, 2020

The ferry port at Murchison Falls, Uganda’s biggest national park

‘”They will not open the airports”: Covid-19’s heavy toll on Ugandan tourism’, the Irish Times, Aug 20, 2020

‘Hundreds of children returned to Libya from Mediterranean in 2020’, the Irish Times, Aug 14, 2020

Book announcement, The Bookseller, Aug 13, 2020

‘Sudanese refugees protest in Niger desert camp’, the Irish Times, Aug 6, 2020

‘Calls for inquiry after migrants shot dead after being captured by Libyan coast guard’, the Irish Times, July 29, 2020

On RTE Drivetime with a report about Irish Aid for refugees in Uganda, RTE Radio One, July 28, 2020

‘Lockdown effort to curb drinking in Uganda has mixed results’, the Irish Times, July 28, 2020

‘Ugandan president will ‘crush’ protesters ahead of election’, the Irish Times, July 23, 2020

On Des’s Island Discs, RTE Radio One, July 22, 2020

‘Body floating for weeks in Mediterranean highlights ongoing drownings’, the Irish Times, July 18, 2020

‘In African villages, coronavirus sparks fears of a spike in malaria deaths’, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, July 15, 2020 (also in Spanish on El Pais)

‘Internet provides vital connection for Africa’s LGBT communities’, the Irish Times, July 15, 2020

On RTE World Report, talking about confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa topping half a million, RTE Radio One, July 12, 2020 (programme starts around 12 minutes in)

‘With schools closed, child labour on the rise in lockdown Uganda’, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, July 8, 2020

‘Refugee victims of Tajoura bombing still lie in unmarked graves one year on’, the Guardian, July 3, 2020

On the ‘Confronting Coronavirus’ podcast, the Irish Times, July 2, 2020

May/June – Irish Times, BBC, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Guardian, RTE, the Telegraph, Voice of America (selected)

‘Black Lives Matter puts focus on skin bleaching in Africa and Asia’, the Irish Times, June 23, 2020

Radio report about the challenges facing refugees in Khartoum, Sudan, during lockdown, Voice of America, June 18, 2020 (from 19.25)

‘Coronavirus: Uganda’s street children bear brunt of pandemic’, the Irish Times, June 17, 2020

e_xp4JSQChildren line up to receive free meals in Gulu, northern Uganda, April 2020

‘Sex workers’ prices plummet as coronavirus leaves them without protection’, the Irish Times, June 15, 2020

‘Thousands seek to remove colonialists’ names from Uganda’s streets’, the Irish Times, June 11, 2020

‘”There is violence in the house”: children living under one of Africa’s strictest lockdowns risk abuse’, the Telegraph, June 3, 2020

‘Activist crosses Uganda on a motorbike to deliver suncream to people with albinism’, the Irish Times, June 2, 2020

On World Report from the South-Sudan/Uganda border, RTE Radio One, May 31, 2020 (from 11.50 mins in)

rb18TyHwAt a checkpoint on the border between South Sudan and Uganda, May 2020

‘Weakened by civil war, South Sudanese surrender to coronavirus’, the Irish Times, May 30, 2020

‘”I realised my body was burning”: police brutality in Uganda lockdown’, the Guardian, May 28, 2020

‘At least 10,000 died in military detention in Nigeria’, the Irish Times, May 27, 2020

‘Migrant (39) who failed to reach Europe dies in Libyan detention centre’, the Irish Times, May 25, 2020

‘Uganda women fear food shortages will make coronavirus and HIV a deadly mix’, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, May 21, 2020

‘In Uganda, radio brings together couples separated by coronavirus’, the Irish Times, May 20, 2020

‘Activists protest at coronavirus-related “hunger pandemic” in Uganda’, the Irish Times, May 18, 2020

‘Sudanese avoid hospital as coronavirus cases surge’, the Irish Times, May 17, 2020

Was on ‘Newsday’ talking about the situation for refugees in Libya, BBC World Service, May 13, 2020

‘Coronavirus: “You can risk your life as long you are doing the right thing”‘, the Irish Times, May 6, 2020 (listed in Press Gazette’s ‘best journalism of the pandemic’)

For World Press Freedom Day: ‘The stories that will never be told’, Irish Times, May 4, 2020

March/April – the Irish Times, the Guardian, RTE, ZEIT, Al Jazeera, Voice of America (selected)

‘Rwandan police chief accused of sexual assault of child refugee at UN centre’, the Guardian, April 27, 2020

‘Children, women casualties of Uganda’s coronavirus transport ban’, Al Jazeera, April 21, 2020 (I was also interviewed about this on Voice of America)

Spoke at the online conference ‘Responding to COVID-19: The Situation in Africa’, April 21, 2020

‘Ugandans sceptical as president promotes “scientific weddings”‘, the Irish Times, April 21, 2020

‘A tale of two boats: teenager missing as countries close their ports’, the Irish Times, April 19. 2020

‘South Sudan’s refugees caught between a rock and a hard place’, the Irish Times, April 15, 2020 (co-written)

‘Refugee found dead at United Nations compound in Kenya’, the Irish Times, April 14, 2020

‘”No beating!” On patrol with the Ugandan military enforcing curfew’, the Irish Times, April 13, 2020

‘Inside the smuggler’s warehouse: Africa’s 21st-century slave trade’, the Irish Times, April 11, 2020

‘Coronavirus: Ugandan president orders stop to violent policing of curfews’, the Irish Times, April 10, 2020

‘”Wir haben immer Angst”‘, ZEIT, April 9, 2020

‘The difference between Ebola and coronavirus outbreaks? Lack of resources’, the Irish Times, April 7, 2020

‘”You feel like you’re dead but you’re alive”: Libyan war reaches first anniversary’, the Irish Times, April 4, 2020

‘Alumni tales: Journalist Sally Hayden on migration, grit and staying humble’ – interviewed by Trinity News, April 3, 2020

‘Coronavirus: Ugandans prepare for a new war as clampdown takes hold’, the Irish Times, March 31, 2020

‘Coronavirus in Uganda: “Before the sickness comes to kill us we will die from hunger”‘, the Irish Times, March 29, 2020

‘World Report’ on how coronavirus is affecting Africa, RTE Radio One, March 29, 2020 (programme starts at 15 mins in)

‘Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: How rape is used as a weapon of war’, the Irish Times, March 28, 2020

‘”Sensitise to sanitise”: Bobi Wine uses song to fight coronavirus across Africa’, the Guardian, March 26, 2020 (my photo)

‘Social distancing a distant dream in Africa’s slums’, the Irish Times, March 24, 2020

S_Hayden_200320Namuwongo 1Namuwongo, Kampala, March 2020

‘Libya’s refugees face being cut off from aid due to coronavirus’, the Guardian, March 24, 2020

On the Guardian’s ‘Today in Focus’ podcast talking about locusts in East Africa, March 15, 2020

‘Refugees in African camps worry about impact of coronavirus’, the Irish Times, March 14, 2020

‘Man (24) dies in fire in migrant detention centre in Libya’, the Irish Times, March 2, 2020

January/February – the Guardian, the Irish Times, New Internationalist, RTE, BBC, Sciences Po, GIJN, Foreign Policy (selected)

‘Uganda’s ‘locust commander’ leads the battle against a new enemy’, the Guardian, Feb 26, 2020

‘African climate activists fighting to be heard . . . and seen’, the Irish Times, Feb 24, 2020

‘Europe’s harsh border policies are pushing refugees all the way to Rwanda’, Foreign Policy, Feb 21, 2020

‘Police fire shots as poet cleared of cyberbullying Ugandan president’, the Irish Times, Feb 20, 2020

A radio report on the locust swarms in Kenya (programme starts 11.45), RTE Radio One World Report, Feb 16, 2020 (also featured on RTE Playback, Feb 22)

‘Busy African airport’s masked staff watch out for coronavirus’, the Irish Times, Feb 14, 2020

‘My favourite tools’, Global Investigative Journalism Network, Feb 12, 2020

‘”We are the eyes”: Volunteers take to skies to spot Mediterranean refugees’, the Irish Times, Feb 12, 2020

‘Migration policies in the Mediterranean and Libya: Roundtables on crimes, victims and the rule of international law’, Sciences Po, Feb 12, 2020

‘”It was like a cloud”: East Africa tackles worst swarms of locusts in decades’, the Irish Times, Feb 11, 2020

‘Two girls carry out deadly bombing outside northeast Nigerian mosque’, the Irish Times, Jan 27, 2020

Report on ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ about meeting Libyans fleeing Libya, BBC Radio 4, Jan 23, 2020

‘Teenage boy the latest to die in Libyan refugee detention centre’, the Guardian, Jan 21, 2020

On RTE World Report with a report about flying a mission with the Moonbird search and rescue plane in the Mediterranean Sea, Radio One, Jan 19, 2020

Talking at a Seebrücke event in Berlin about the situation in Libyan migrant detention centres, Jan 16, 2020

On the Irish Times ‘World View’ podcast speaking about Christmas on board a refugee rescue ship, Jan 14, 2020

‘Harsh awakening for refugees who risk everything to reach Malta’, the Irish Times, Jan 10, 2020

‘”They don’t help”: refugees condemn UN over failures that drove them to sea’, the Guardian, Jan 9, 2020

‘What next for child soldiers?’, the New Internationalist dispatch from DRC, Jan/Feb 2020 edition

November/December – the Irish Times, Newstalk, RTE, Al Jazeera, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NBC News, the Guardian (selected)

‘Libyans turn to deadly Mediterranean route amid escalating conflict at home’, the Irish Times, Dec 29, 2019

‘Anatomy of a rescue on the world’s deadliest migration route’, the Irish Times, Dec 27, 2019

‘Volunteers set sail on Christmas Day in hope of helping refugees’, Al Jazeera, Dec 25, 2019

‘Mayor of Palermo accuses EU of “genocide” against refugees’, the Irish Times, Dec 23, 2019

‘Christmas on the Mediterranean – a month on a migrant rescue ship’, the Irish Times, Dec 14, 2019

BK9B5454On board the Alan Kurdi rescue ship in Palermo port, Italy, December, 2019

‘”This is an emergency”: Bomb scare on flight dwarfed by Burundi’s crises’, the Irish Times, Dec 13, 2019

‘Flooding the new normal for a Ugandan border town’, the Irish Times, Dec 5, 2019

‘”Hide, the army’s here, they’re trying to accuse us of being witches”‘, the Irish Times, Nov 30, 2019

‘Refugees being ‘starved out’ of UN facility in Tripoli’, the Guardian, Nov 28, 2019

‘Ebola services in Congo hit as civilians attack UN base over massacres’, the Irish Times, Nov 27, 2019

‘How a prison pen pal project is helping New York teenagers’, the Irish Times, Nov 26, 2019

‘Refugees evacuated from Libya find transit haven in Rwanda’, the Irish Times, Nov 25, 2019

‘U.N. refugee organization reopens corruption probe after NBC News report’, NBC News/100Reporters, Nov 24, 2019 (also on Euronews)

Winner of the “journalism excellence” award at the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards, Nov 16, 2019

Winner of the best “foreign coverage” award at the Newsbrands Irish Journalism Awards, Nov 14, 2019

Speaking at Trinity College, Dublin & TU Dublin, Nov 13, 2019

Speaking at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in NUI Galway, Nov 12, 2019

Interviewed by Miriam O’Callaghan on Today with Sean O’Rourke, RTE Radio One, Nov 12, 2019

Interviewed on the Pat Kenny Show about refugees being returned to Libya, Newstalk, Nov 11, 2019

‘EU actively supporting return of refugees to certain danger’, the Irish Times, Nov 4, 2019

September/October – the Irish Times, Pompidou Centre, CNN International, BBC, Foreign Policy, RTE, Al Jazeera, Popular Front (selected)

Interviewed on the Popular Front podcast about the situation for refugees in Libya, October 23, 2019

‘Vulnerable child and women refugees refused evacuation from Libya’, Al Jazeera, October 22, 2019

Nominated for best ‘foreign coverage’ at the Newsbrands Irish Journalism Awards, October 22, 2019.

On ‘World Report’ speaking about interviewing a child ADF escapee in the DR Congo, RTE Radio One, October 13, 2019

Spoke at a panel on whistleblower protection at Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival, Washington DC, October 11, 2019

‘The U.N. Is Leaving Migrants to Die in Libya’, Foreign Policy, October 10, 2019 (also on Foreign Policy’s ‘First Person’ podcast. One of Foreign Policy’s five best longreads of 2019)

On BBC’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, talking about spending time with Bobi Wine, Radio 4, October 10, 2019 (also on World Service)

‘Popstar Bobi Wine escapes house arrest in daring motorbike stunt’, CNN International, October 9, 2019

S_Hayden_250819BK9B5367A press conference in Kampala with opposition politician/musician Bobi Wine, on October 1, 2019.

Interviewed for this exhibition in the Pompidou Centre, which is running from October 2019 to February 2020.

Announced as one of this fall’s Logan nonfiction fellows at the Carey Institute for Global Good.

Named a finalist in the Kurt Schork Memorial Awards for International Journalism, 2019.

Bobi Bobi Wine, aka Robert Kyagulanyi, addresses crowds at a rally in Hoima, western Uganda, on September 24, 2019. More photos here.

‘”Maybe they can forget us there”: Refugees in Libya await move to Rwanda’, the Irish Times, Sept 17, 2019

‘Guards accused of rape and torture of migrants arrested in Italy’, the Irish Times, Sept 16, 2019

Mentioned in the Trinity alumni magazine, autumn issue.