Category Archives: Features

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

‘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)

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.

July/August – the New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Irish Times, CNN International, RTE, the Guardian, BBC, ELLE, Mittagsmagazin (selected)

‘”I’m Bobi Wine.” The Ugandan pop star taking on the president’, the Irish Times, August 30, 2019 (and accompanying video)

Reporting on the campaign of Ugandan popstar and presidential candidate Bobi Wine. Photos up on Getty Images.

My photo of Bobi Wine being blessed by Catholic priests included in the BBC’s ‘Africa’s week in pictures: 23-29 August 2019’

‘Nigerian trafficking survivors locked up once they return – report’, the Irish Times, August 27, 2019

‘Bodies wash up on Libyan shore a month after shipwreck’, the Irish Times, August 22, 2019

‘Bono gets a nod as “white saviours” called out in Uganda’, the Irish Times, August 22, 2019

‘Chinese surveillance systems appear across Ugandan capital Kampala’, the Irish Times, August 21, 2019

‘EXCLUSIVE: UN probe finds Sudan staff member solicited bribes from refugees’, the New Humanitarian, August 15, 2019

‘From school to the grave, military service tears families apart in Eritrea’, the Irish Times, August 13, 2019

‘Syrian refugees unwanted in Germany, afraid to go home’, the Irish Times, August 8, 2019

Mentioned in UCD Alumni magazine article ‘The Forbes Factor’, August, 2019

Interviewed on ARD TV’s ‘Mittagsmagazin’ about Libyan detention centres, July 29, 2019 (report starts 34.40 minutes in)

How Uganda is dealing with the threat of an Ebola outbreak, World Report, RTE Radio One, July 28, 2019 (from 13 minutes in)

Screen Shot 2019-07-23 at 19.34.31Mamisa Wazena, 40, survived Ebola. She now takes care of the children of other women infected

‘The second deadliest Ebola outbreak is killing mostly women’, ELLE, July 23, 2019

Guest on ‘Europe’s migration standoff‘, The Real Story, BBC World Service, July 19, 2019

My photo with this New York Times op-ed, July 18, 2019.

Photo from Goma, DRC, used on Newsday, BBC World Service, July 15, 2019 (& by TIME)

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‘Europe shut these migrants out, Libyan rebels bombed them’, the New York Times, July 11, 2019 (more on the background to the investigation here)

Was asked to contribute to this AJ Stream discussion, July 10, 2019

‘”I saw hell”: under fire inside Libya’s refugee detention centres’, the Guardian, July 10, 2019

Interviewed about the Tajoura detention centre bombing on the Irish Times’ ‘World View’ podcast, July 9, 2019

Majok Lam, from South Sudan, pictured in Kakuma refugee camp, northwest Kenya

‘South Sudan eight years on: “I can’t believe I would go back”‘, the Irish Times, July 9, 2019

‘The Ebola body collectors hoping to save their communities’, the Irish Times, July 9, 2019

‘Survivors of deadly air attack in Libya demand evacuation’, Al Jazeera, July 7, 2019

‘Refugees say Tripoli government using them as “human shields”‘, the Irish Times, July 5, 2019

‘Guards shot at migrants trying to flee air strikes on Libyan detention centre’, the Irish Times, July 4, 2019

‘Libya migrants recount horrors of Tajoura detention centre attack’, Al Jazeera, July 4, 2019

‘They hoped to reach Europe before they were massacred’, the New York Times, July 3, 2019

‘Libyan detention centre survivors condemn EU and UN after air strike’, the Irish Times, July 3, 2019

Interviewed on CNN International’s ‘Connect the World’, July 3, 2019

Morning Ireland interview, RTE Radio One, July 3, 3019

May/June – Al Jazeera, the Guardian, the Irish Times, Channel 4 News, TIME, IRE Journal, ITV News, BBC, Re:public (selected)

‘”White saviourism” under scrutiny after child deaths in Uganda’, the Irish Times, June 29, 2019

‘”If you pay, you’ll go”: Dadaab residents claim bribery is price of getting home’, the Guardian, June 28, 2019

‘Deaths pile up in Libyan detention centre, leaked UN report shows’, the Irish Times, June 25, 2019

‘The economic impact of Ebola’, BBC’s World Business Report, June 24, 2019 (interview)

‘How misinformation is making it almost impossible to contain the Ebola outbreak in DRC’, TIME, June 20, 2019

‘City of Goma braces itself for Ebola outbreak’, the Irish Times, June 20, 2019

‘Inside the battle to save Congo from the Ebola crisis’, TIME, June 19, 2019 (recommended in Foreign Policy’s ‘Morning Brief’)

Belinda Landu, 28, takes off her protective gear after decontaminating the house of a pastor who’s just tested positive for Ebola

Helped with this report on migrant detention in Libya for ITV News, June 11, 2019

Helped with this report on the conditions in Zintan detention centre for Channel 4 News, June 7, 2019

‘”We need urgent help”: Refugees perish in Libyan detention centre’, Al Jazeera, June 7, 2019 (referenced by Open Migration)

Speaking at the Mobile Journalism Festival in Galway about refugees in Libyan detention centres using phones to send information.

‘Call for prosecution of EU over migrant deaths in the Mediterranean’, the Irish Times, June 5, 2019

An article about the background to our 2017 investigation into refugees being arrested/tortured after going back to Syria is the cover story in this quarter’s Investigative Reporters and Editors Journal. Available to members here.

Ranked 16th most influential journalist on Twitter in Ireland.

‘Germany follows UK in suspending refugee aid to Uganda’, the Irish Times, May 29, 2019

‘War-torn Libya’s evacuees fret about those left behind’, the Irish Times, May 21, 2019

‘Poverty, corruption and fake news to the fore as Malawi gears up for elections’, the Irish Times, May 17, 2019

‘Sudan civilian protests to continue after talks with military council collapse’, the Irish Times, May 16, 2019

‘Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo out of control, say aid workers’, the Irish Times, May 15, 2019

‘Revealed: human rights abuses in Libyan migrant camps’, Channel 4 News, May 10, 2019

‘Migrants in line of fire as battle to take Tripoli rages on’, the Irish Times, May 8, 2019

‘TORTYR PÅ ENTREPRENAD’, Re:public, May 8, 2019

‘Fortress Europe: what happens to the refugees sent back to Libya?’, Today in Focus podcast, the Guardian, May 8, 2019 (Wednesday briefing)

‘As Tripoli conflict continues, detained migrants run out of food’, Al Jazeera, May 2, 2019 (also in Bosnian)

March/April – Al Jazeera, Well Told, New Internationalist, the Irish Times, Newstalk, the Telegraph, Deutsche Welle, RTE, BBC, NBC News/100Reporters, Internazionale, Sunday Times, the Guardian, ZEIT Online (selected)

Interviewed on BBC World Service’s Newsday, about Pope Francis calling for the evacuation of refugees from Libya, Apr 28, 2019

‘Desperate migrants in Libya detention centres forced to fight on front lines of new civil war’, the Telegraph, Apr 28, 2019 (also in the Irish Independent)

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Interviewed on the Dave Fanning Show about international reporting, RTE 2fm, Apr 28, 2019 (from 23.50)

‘Calls for Libyan shooting to be investigated as “war crime”’, Irish Times, Apr 26, 2019

‘How will clashes in Libya affect refugees hoping to reach Europe?’, Al Jazeera, Apr 24, 2019

‘Libya: Detained refugees shot as clashes near Tripoli continue’, Al Jazeera, Apr 23, 2019

‘”Does the world have eyes? Tell the world we are humans, not animals”‘, the Irish Times, Apr 20, 2019 – on the hundreds of children trapped in Libyan detention centres as a direct result of EU policy

‘Eingesperrt, geschunden und in den Krieg getrieben’, ZEIT Online, Apr 18, 2019

On ‘The Monocle Daily’, talking about Libya, Apr 17, 2019

On BBC World Service’s ‘Newshour’, talking about the situation for refugees in Libya, Apr 17, 2019

On BBC World Service’s ‘Focus on Africa’, talking about the situation for refugees in Libya. Apr 16, 2019

‘Fear and despair engulf refugees in Libya’s “market of human beings”‘, the Guardian, Apr 15, 2019 – on refugees/migrants forced to help GNA-aligned militias during fighting

‘”We are in a fire”: Libya’s detained refugees trapped by conflict’, Al Jazeera, Apr 14, 2019

‘Sudan’s third leader in three days vows to uproot old regime’, the Sunday Times, Apr 14, 2019 (contributed reporting)

‘Libya: Detained refugees “terrified” as clashes near Tripoli rage’, Al Jazeera, Apr 8, 2019 (Republished by Internazionale; I also went on BBC World Service to talk about this; picked up by the Guardian)

Reporting in Kakuma refugee camp, northwest Kenya.

‘Asylum for sale: Male refugees victimized by sexual violence say officials wanted bribes to help’, NBC News/100Reporters, Apr 8, 2019

‘Asylum for sale: Whistleblowers say U.N. refugee agency does not always address corruption’, NBC News/100Reporters, Apr 7, 2019

‘Asylum for sale: Refugees say some U.N. workers demand bribes for resettlement’, NBC News/100Reporters, Apr 6, 2019 (included as one of the Global Investigative Journalism Network’s stories of the week)

‘Gen Khalifa Haftar’s forces close in on Tripoli’, the Irish Times, Apr 6, 2019

Panel at the International Journalism Festival, Perugia, on ‘covering migration in a time of xenophobia’, April 4, 2019

‘Migrants accused of hijacking ship taken to Malta’, the Irish Times, Mar 29, 2019

I was on RTE’s Six One News talking about Libya, Mar 28, 2019

‘Brexit: In multicultural east London, locals look to future with fear’, Deutsche Welle, Mar 25, 2019

‘The migrants plucked from the sea, only to face TB in Libyan detention centres’, the Telegraph, Mar 25, 2019

‘Pianist in the rubble: A Palestinian-Syrian refugee’s journey through music’, the Irish Times, Mar 23, 2019

I was on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, talking about the situation in Libyan detention centres, Mar 21, 2019

‘Médecins Sans Frontières says children are starving in Libyan detention centres’, the Irish Times, Mar 21, 2019

‘New Daughters of Africa review’, the Irish Times, Mar 16, 2019

‘Refugees in Libya tortured for breaking out of detention centre’, Al Jazeera, Mar 2, 2019 (pick up from Telepolis, France Info)

image1Spoke on a panel at Well Told, the UK festival of longform journalism, Mar 2, 2019

‘Kenya’s refugee reporters’, New Internationalist, March/April edition

January/February – the Irish Times, the Guardian, TIME, BBC, Forbes, Der Standard, Channel 4 News, RTE, Deutsche Welle (selected)

Interviewed on the Ryan Tubridy Show, RTE Radio One, Feb 26, 2019

Interviewed about Libyan detention centres on Austria’s Radio FM4, Feb 26, 2019

‘Torture and shocking conditions: the human cost of keeping migrants out of Europe’, Channel 4 News, Feb 25, 2019 (picked up by The Times, Human Rights Watch, AJ+, HuffPost & others)

On BBC’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, Radio 4, Feb 23, 2019 (World Service version)

My photo from Kakuma, Kenya, in Deutsche Welle’s round-up of the week in photos, Feb 23, 2019

‘What being named on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list means to me’, the Irish Times, Feb 16, 2019

Interviewed by the University Times about working in journalism, Feb 16, 2019

Interviewed in this article in Austria’s Der Standard, about the conditions in Libyan detention centres, Feb 13, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-02-13 at 13.41.23.pngNamed as one of Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′ in media in Europe, Feb 12, 2019. (Irish Times coverage; Irish Independent; Irish Examiner; University Observer)

On BBC Newsday talking about the treatment of refugees in Libya, and across Africa, BBC World Service, Feb 11, 2019 (from 36 minutes in)

‘The Families of Migrants Held Hostage Are Using Facebook to Raise Money for Smugglers’ Ransoms’, TIME, Feb 5, 2019 (mentioned by Der Tagesspiegel. World Politics Review ‘top read’)

‘The EU’s deal with Libya is sentencing refugees to death’, the Guardian, Feb 5, 2019 (mentioned in Open Migration’s weekly round-up)

‘Six people died every day crossing the Mediterranean in 2018’, the Irish Times, Jan 30, 2019

My reporting on Libyan detention centres was briefly mentioned in this Human Rights Watch report, Jan 21, 2019.

‘Rescued at sea, locked up, then sold to smugglers’, the Irish Times, Jan 16, 2019

December – RTE, Al Jazeera, New Statesman, Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Irish Times (selected)

IRIN News’s ten most popular stories of 2018 includes my investigation into corruption in the UNHCR resettlement programme in Sudan.

‘Migrant crisis: No escape in Libya as rescue mission ends’, the Irish Times, Dec 28, 2018 (mentioned in Hot Press)

Named in Daily Edge’s ’50 Irish women who inspired us in 2018′, Dec 26, 2018

‘Libya migrants scribble on prison wall: “People were sold here”‘, Al Jazeera, Dec 23, 2018

‘U.N. moves LGBT+ refugees to safe houses after Kenya camp attacks’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Dec 13, 2018 (additional reporting credit)

‘Refugee ship Aquarius to stop rescue mission in the Mediterranean’, Al Jazeera, Dec 7, 2018

‘As an LGBT refugee, Europe’s deal with Libya has left me fearing for my life’, New Statesman, Dec 5, 2018 (as told to)

Radio report from a debate on Libya in the European Parliament in Brussels (programme starts at 11.30 in), RTE World Report, Dec 2, 2018 (Twitter thread)