Category Archives: Interviews

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

Photo from Goma, DRC, used on Newsday, BBC World Service, July 15, 2019

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‘Europe shut these migrants out, Libyan rebels bombed them’, the New York Times, July 11, 2019

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

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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

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)

October/November – the Guardian, the Irish Times, BBC, Frontline Club Awards, Irish Journalism Awards, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the National, RTE, Spiegel Online, Al Jazeera, CNN International (selected)

‘Nearly 80 rescued migrants forced off cargo ship in Libya’, CNN International, Nov 20, 2018 (Twitter thread on what happened, read by 50,000+)

‘Barricaded refugees “ready to die” than return to Libya detention’, Al Jazeera, Nov 19, 2018 (referenced by BBC and NPR)

Irish Times foreign corDelighted to win ‘foreign coverage of the year’ for my reporting from Sudan, Syria and northeast Nigeria, at the Irish Journalism Awards, Nov 15, 2018

‘Desperation builds in Libyan migrant centres’, the Irish Times, Nov 14, 2018

I was a guest on the UN Dispatch podcast, talking about the situation for migrants and refugees in Libyan detention, Nov 13, 2018 (was also interviewed on ZDF Heute about the situation)

‘Inside Libyan detention “hell” where refugee burned himself alive’, Al Jazeera, Nov 11, 2018

Interviewed by Spiegel Online about Libya, Nov 10, 2018 (and another article in Focus, Nov 13, 2018)

Radio report about the suicide of a Somali man in a Libyan detention centre, RTE World Report, Nov 4, 2018 (from 12 mins in. Script here)

‘A precarious haven: Africa’s LGBT+ refugees teeter on the brink in Kenya’, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oct 31, 2018 (also in Kenya’s The Star)

BK9B3292LGBT refugees in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Pictured October, 2018

‘Somali returned to Libya under Italian policy sets himself on fire’, the Irish Times, Oct 25, 2018

‘”He died two times”: African migrants face death in Libyan detention centres’, the National, Oct 25, 2018

‘Low-tech provides powerful tool to fight land corruption – experts’, the Thomson Reuters Foundation/Place, Oct 23, 2018

Delighted to be up for three Irish Journalism Awards – foreign coverage, features and young journalist of the year.

On BBC’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ talking about my contacts with refugees and migrants detained in Libya, Radio 4, Oct 11, 2018 (also on World Service)

BK9B3265Picture taken while reporting in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, October 2018

My photo with this piece on conscription in Eritrea, the Guardian, Oct 11, 2018

So nice to be shortlisted for the Frontline Club Awards.

‘Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean reach record percentage’, the Irish Times, Oct 4, 2018

‘Libya is a war zone. Why is the EU still sending refugees back there?’ the Guardian, Oct 4, 2018

August/September – RTE, Women in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, the Irish Times, BBC, ZEIT Online, News Media Alliance, the Observer, Al Jazeera, the National, the New Internationalist, CNBC (selected)

Radio piece from the UN General Assembly in New York, RTE World Report, Sept 30, 2018

‘Refugees detained in Libya are drinking toilet water to survive’, The National, Sept 27, 2018

My photo from a hospital in Maryland, Liberia, was used in this CNBC report, Sept 26, 2018

Spoke about the situation for refugees in Libya on Al Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’, Sept 20, 2018

Named as a finalist in the international freelance category of the Kurt Schork Memorial Awards, 2018

migration media awards sept '18Collecting first prize, print, in the Migration Media Awards in Tunis, Sept 18, 2018

My photo from a hospital in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, was used in this US News & World Report piece, Sept 18, 2018

Latest From Our Own Correspondent talking about how my motorbike driver said he used to be ex-LRA commander Dominic Ongwen’s babysitter, BBC Radio Four, Sept 15, 2018

BK9B1907My photo from Liberia’s Tuberculosis Annex was in the Observer, Sept 15, 2018

‘”Live free or die trying on the sea”: Limbo in Libya for unregistered refugees’, the Irish Times, Sept 12, 2018

I was interviewed by the American News Media Alliance, who have named me a ‘2018 Rising Star’. Sept 9, 2018

‘Libyen: “Wir sind keine Tiere”‘, ZEIT Online, Sept 6, 2018

I was on BBC’s Newsday talking about the migrants I’m in touch with in Libya. BBC World Service, Sept 6, 2018

‘Refugees and migrants scatter across Libya as conflict escalates’, the Irish Times, Sept 5, 2018 (I was also on the Irish Times World View podcast)

I had an article in the relaunched New Internationalist about Uganda shutting down orphanages, September issue.

Nice to find out we won first prize in the European Migration Media Awards for this story about Syrian refugee returns.

I was on BBC Newshour – from 34 minutes in – talking about the situation for refugees and migrants abandoned during fighting in Libya. BBC, Aug 31, 2018 (I was also on BBC World TV)

‘Migrants in Libya detention centre say their lives are in peril’, Irish Times, Aug 28, 2018 (this report was referenced in UNHCR’s update to its policy, in which they said Libya is no longer a safe country for returns)

My tweets about the situation for Libyan migrants after fighting broke out in Tripoli were seen more than 2.5 million times. (Mentioned by SBS, Open Migration, Telepolis)

My reporting on Syrian refugees returning home was mentioned on BBC Newshour, Aug 17, 2018

‘Kidnapped as children, they escaped from Kony’s LRA to be reunited with their families in Uganda’, the Washington Post, Aug 13, 2018

BK9B2641Owong Sam, abducted by the LRA aged nine, is reunited with his mother in northern Uganda after sixteen years apart.

Radio report about visiting a Gambian village where a 2016 witch hunt took place, RTE World Report, Aug 5, 2018 (programme from 11.30)

BK9B1665-2A photo from Kamfenda, in Gambia’s Foni region, the site of a 2016 witch hunt ordered by ex-president Yahya Jammeh.

I was interviewed by Women in Foreign Policy.

June/July – RTE, the New Internationalist, the Irish Times, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, IRIN News, Al Jazeera, BBC, Voice of America (selected)

‘As high seas threaten Liberian slum, residents await promised homes’, the Thomson Reuters Foundation/Place, July 27, 2018 (Reuters link; also published by Sight Magazine; Voice of America; AllAfrica; Devdiscourse)

BK9B2098Fishermen work on the shores of West Point, a slum in Liberia which risks being washed away by the sea

‘For refugees in Sudan, fears surround probe into UN resettlement fraud’, IRIN News, July 23, 2018 (in Arabic; also on Cameroon Voice)

I went on BBC World Service’s Focus on Africa to speak about witnessing three Lord’s Resistance Army escapees reunite with their families (from about 32 minutes in), July 16, 2018

Radio report on Uganda’s local elections, RTE World Report, July 15, 2018 (from about 12 minutes in)

Radio report on Uganda’s social media tax, RTE World Report, July 8, 2018 (from about 12 minutes in)

‘Uganda’s “gossip tax” forces phone users into a boycott’, the Irish Times, July 7, 2018 (I also spoke about this on Al Jazeera English)

I was in the European Parliament in Brussels to speak about the situation for refugees in Sudan, June 27-28, 2018

Radio report from Liberia (from about 11:50), RTE World Report, June 24, 3018

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

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

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