Category Archives: Journalism

June – RTE, the New Internationalist, the Irish Times (selected)

‘After long dictatorship, Gambia’s victims step forward’, the Irish Times, June 22, 2018

BK9B1686A picture of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh still hangs in a house in his home region, Foni

A radio report from the World Cup for unrecognised nations, RTE Drivetime, June 11, 2018 (from 02:24:00)

A radio piece on life after war in northern Uganda, RTE World Report, June 3, 2018 (from about 12.30 in)

BK9B1153Photographing prosthetics for the war-wounded in Gulu Hospital, northern Uganda

I visited Lokodi, northern Uganda, the site of a 2004 LRA massacre, and met the residents fighting to build a museum, New Internationalist, June 2018 issue

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April/May – RTE, Newsweek, the New Internationalist, International Journalism Festival, the Irish Times, Reuters, Irin, ELLE, the Washington Post, BBC, National Geographic (selected)

‘Gambia’s dictator ordered a witch hunt. This village is still haunted by it.’, Washington Post, May 28, 2018 (Republished by the Seattle Times. I also spoke about this story on BBC World Service)

BK9B1550Interviewing victims of a witch hunt in Sintet, rural Gambia

‘I got an abortion aged 16, now I’m flying home to vote’, ELLE, May 24, 2018

‘EXCLUSIVE: Refugees in Sudan allege chronic corruption in UN resettlement process’, Irin News, May 15, 2018 (Republished by the Sudan Tribune and All Africa. Write up in OCCRP. Two days after the publication of this investigation, UNHCR announced they were suspending their resettlement programme and sending out an anti-fraud team)

BK9B9944Teenagers sit in a dormitory in the unaccompanied minors section of Shagarab refugee camp, eastern Sudan

The Rory Peck Trust included me as one of their featured freelancers for World Press Day.

‘Returning LRA hostages face new ordeal over land conflicts in rural Uganda’, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, May 3, 2018 (also on the Christian Science Monitor)

BK9B1438Children of a former LRA captive pictured on a plot of land the family moved to after being chased from their former community in northern Uganda.

I tracked down one of seven refugees transferred to Cambodia from Nauru under a controversial $55 million deal, New Internationalist, May 2018 issue

rashid2Mohammad Rashid, a Rohingya from Myanmar who now runs a roti stand in Phnom Penh.

Honoured to have work nominated for the One World Media awards in the digital media and refugee reporting categories – and to be named a ‘2018 Rising Star’ by the News Media Alliance.

My photo was included in this National Geographic series, ’25 Cultural and Natural Wonders in Danger’, April 20, 2018 (and in National Geographic Japan)

Talking about collaborative reporting of refugee issues at the International Journalism Festival, April 14, 2018

Spoke about Syria on the Irish Times podcast, April 10, 2018

Ranked 39th most influential Irish journalist on Twitter.

A radio report from the Gambia on feelings against ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh (from 17.40), RTE World Report, April 8, 2018

‘Fake news tourism in Syria: Westerners search for “truth”, but are they Assad’s pawns?’ Newsweek, April 5, 2018 (also in Spanish

‘Portraits of three Syrian cities’, the New Internationalist, April edition (link)

BK9B9915Homs, November 2017.

February/March – Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Irish Times, RTE, the Guardian, ELLE, the New Internationalist (selected)

Radio report on a “kleptocracy tour” around London (from 01:50:10), RTE Drivetime, Mar 26, 2018

‘Facebook used to cripple opposition in run-up to Cambodia’s elections’, the Irish Times, Mar 20, 2018

‘Arrests and torture of Syrian refugees returning home reported’, the Irish Times, Mar 17, 2018 (Arabic translation here, and Arabic write-up in Der Telegraph)

‘Why are victims of FGM ending up in prison?’, ELLE, Mar 12, 2018

‘Between Sudan and a hard place’, New Internationalist, March 2018 issue

BK9B9899An Eritrean teenager poses in a dormitory in Shagarab refugee camp, eastern Sudan.

A report from Aleppo’s historic Baron Hotel (from about 11.30 in), RTE Radio One, Feb 11, 2018

S_Hayden_120218_3The bar in Aleppo’s Baron Hotel, which was close to the frontline before the city was retaken by government forces. More photos here

‘”We’ve seen too many girls bleed to death”: eradicating FGM in Uganda’, the Irish Times, Feb 6, 2018

My self-reported, self-edited package on FGM in northeast Uganda went out on RTE Drivetime, Feb 6, 2018

BK9B0233Photographing former “cutters” in northeast Uganda. More photos here

Spoke about FGM on World View, the Irish Times’s weekly podcast, Feb 6, 2018

‘Schools act as havens for girls fleeing FGM, marriage in Uganda’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb 6, 2018 (also on Voice of AmericaKenyan News, All Africa, Citizen TV Kenya)

BK9B0498Young girls who fled home after their families tried to marry them off or perform FGM on them. Karamoja, northeast Uganda.

Some of my photos from Uganda were also in the Guardian and used by SBS.

I was also honoured to be named a finalist for Amnesty International’s Gaby Rado award for best new journalist.

January – Thomson Reuters Foundation, RTE, HUCK, the Guardian (selected)

BK9B0193Churchgoers walking home in front of the Kokwotom mountain in Karamoja, northeast Uganda, in January

A piece for RTE Radio One’s World Report on the growing difficulty getting family reunification for refugees in Germany (from about 11.15), Jan 28, 2018

‘Captured, raped, ransomed: the kidnappers preying on Eritrean refugees’, the Guardian, Jan 19, 2018

‘Shooting the sidelines at Syria’s football cup final’, HUCK, Jan 12, 2018

BK9B9295Boys pose in front of a billboard showing Bashar al Assad at the Syrian Football Cup final in Tishreen Stadium, Damascus

Report from government-held Syria on what it’s like for families left behind (from 10.45), RTE Radio 1 World Report, Jan 7, 2018

BK9B9157Rabwah, an area of Damascus with restaurants and a small funfair

‘Left with “chocolate water”, Madagascar’s parched south grows hungrier’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 5, 2018 (more photos on SOPA Images)

BK9B9887Locals walk through Ambovombe, a city in southern Madagascar’s Androy region

December – Irish Times, BBC, RTE, ZEIT Online, Refugees Deeply, 100 Reporters, New Statesman, Pacific Standard (selected)

‘Inside a traumatised Aleppo: “Many children may suffer in the future”‘, New Statesman, Dec 22, 2017

‘The lonely fight in Sudan: one official works to stem migrant smuggling without a car, a photocopier, or any staff’, 100 Reporters/Journalists for Transparency, Dec 20, 2017

‘Africa’s crossroads: In Sudan, corruption and smugglers’ lies drive refugees onwards’, 100 Reporters/Journalists for Transparency, Dec 20, 2017 (also in the Irish Times)

BK9B9956Eritrean girls chat in their dorm in the unaccompanied minors section of Shagarab camp, close to the Eritrean border in eastern Sudan. More photos from Sudan here and here.

‘On the rough road from Sudan to Libya’, 100 Reporters/Journalists for Transparency, Dec 20, 2017

‘The new coyote trail: Refugees head west to bypass Fortress Europe’, Refugees Deeply, Dec 19, 2017 (part of a bigger project looking at migration across Africa and the Americas. Also in the Pacific Standard)

‘A tale of two fathers: “The way I miss my kids is indescribable”’, Irish Times, Dec 16, 2017

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‘Der Weg zurück nach Syrien’, ZEIT Online, Dec 11, 2017

An interview with Bridget Doody, the only Irish nun in Syria, RTE Drivetime, Dec 8, 2017

‘Road to Damascus: the Syrian refugees who want to go home’, Irish Times, Dec 4, 2017 – our four-month Mary Raftery Refugee Crisis Journalism Fund investigation into what happens to Syrian refugees who leave Europe. Also in Arabic (in an Irish Times first). Recommended as a Griffith Review “great read” and one of Refugees Deeply’s ‘Must read stories on refugees from 2017’. Included in Irish Times 2017 ‘highlights’.

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‘From Our Own Correspondent’ dispatch on fake news and the plague in Madagascar – BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service, Dec 4, 2017

October/November: RTE, BBC, the Irish Times, ELLE, The Pool (selected)

‘My boyfriend was an undercover police spy’, ELLE, Nov 24, 2017 (also on MSN)

BK9B0061.jpgReported from a plague hospital in Antananarivo, Madagascar, during an ongoing plague outbreak that has killed 165 so far.

‘”No spitting”: Madagascar’s pneumonic plague’, the Irish Times, Nov 18, 2017

My reporting on a parody Zimbabwean Twitter account deceiving the media was mentioned by the BBC as well as in this Buzzfeed article on Nov 15. I also appeared on Deutsche Welle TV and EenVandaag to talk about it.

BK9B9832Taken while reporting on the drought in southern Madagascar in November, 2017.

BK9B9637Taken while reporting in Aleppo, Syria, in November 2017.

‘Something for the pain’, From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4, Nov 3, 2017 / ‘Appearance and reality’, World Service, Nov 5, 2017 (I later appeared as a guest on BBC World Service’s ‘Focus on Africa’, talking about drug addiction in northeast Nigeria and the role it plays in the conflict with Boko Haram)

‘Witchcraft allegations can destroy lives, leading to profound human rights violations’, The Pool, Oct 28, 2017

Brilliant to be shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the Irish Journalism Awards.

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 19.31.27 1Spoke on a panel on international reporting at the Mary Raftery Fund event ‘Investigations: Beyond Borders’ at the Irish Film Institute, Oct 13, 2017.

Radio report on the German election results, RTE, Oct 1, 2017.

July/August/September – the Irish Times, RTE, the Independent, ELLE, Magnum Photos, BBC (selected)

My first From Our Own Correspondent on cat-fishing and sanctions in Sudan, BBC Radio 4, Sept 28, 2017 (also went out on BBC World Service)

BK9B9654Men relax in a graveyard in Omdurman, Sudan

‘Surviving Boko Haram’ – wrote the words to go with Paolo Pellegrin’s portraits, Magnum Photos, Sept 18, 2017

‘Boko Haram conflict leaves humanitarian crisis in its wake’, the Irish Times, Sept 14, 2017

BK9B9367Displaced families collect water in Muna Garage camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria

‘More than 200,000 Rohingya child refugees in urgent need of help, warns Unicef’, the Independent, Sept 14, 2017

Interviewed in this story on World Press Photo’s Witness: ‘The risks – and rewards – of solitude’, Sept 13, 2017

‘Why Boko Haram are using women as weapons of war’, ELLE, Sept 4, 2017

Exclusive: ‘Grenfell survivors worry Notting Hill Carnival will overshadow latest council failure’, the Independent, Aug 27, 2017

‘”My father was shot by his friend”: the children of Boko Haram’, the Irish Times, Aug 26, 2017 (later referenced in this UN report)

BK9B8968Meeting children who were recently released from Nigerian military detention in a transit centre in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria

‘New mafia-led militia may be stopping refugees from leaving Libya for Italy’, the Independent, Aug 22, 2017

‘Nigeria’s Boko Haram-fighting vigilantes losing heart’, the Irish Times, Aug 8, 2017

BK9B9598A CJTF vigilante fighter shows off a rifle he captured from Boko Haram in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria.

‘I hid my daughter in a ditch for nine months to save her from Boko Haram’, the Irish Times, July 22, 2017

BK9B9206A woman walks through an IDP camp in Gwoza, Borno State, Nigeria.

Radio report on deradicalisation in northeast Nigeria and a woman who rejoined Boko Haram after going through nine months of it, RTE, July 16, 2017

‘Inside the headquarters of Boko Haram’s former caliphate’, the Irish Times, July 11, 2017

BK9B9281A burned-out car left in the grounds of a medical centre, now also the site of a mass grave, in Gwoza, northeast Nigeria.