Category Archives: News Stories

December – RTE, Al Jazeera, New Statesman, Thomson Reuters Foundation

‘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)

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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

‘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

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

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

‘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)

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 Westerners touring 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