Category Archives: Journalism

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.

April/May/June – Thomson Reuters Foundation, RTE, IJNET, Well Told, New Statesman (selected)

‘A week of bombings in the birthplace of Boko Haram’, the Irish Times, June 30, 2017

BK9B8904A young boy lies in a ward for the weapon-wounded in Maiduguri State Specialist Hospital, Borno State, Nigeria.

Radio report from Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, as the city marks Eid at a time of heightened tensions in the conflict with Boko Haram (from about 12), RTE, June 25, 2017

BK9B8927A woman cradles her malnourished daughter at an MSF clinic in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria. Some 450,000 children in the region are expected to suffer from severe acute malnourishment this year  

‘Missing Efrem: the human story of our government’s failure to care for child refugees’, the New Statesman, June 20, 2017

‘The map maker who finds the bodies in Ethiopia’s land battle’, Place/Thomson Reuters Foundation, June 20, 2017 (Also up on Reuters, AllAfrica, Kenya’s Star. This is part of a bigger package on resource and land conflicts across the world which saw the pictures of some of the murdered displaced in New York’s Times Square and London’s Canary Wharf)

‘Activists occupy former British women’s prison in protest against cuts’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, June 2, 2017

Radio report from Anjar, an Armenian town two miles from the Syrian border in Lebanon (from about 12), RTE, May 28, 2017

welltoldSpoke on a panel on freelancing at WellTold, the UK’s first longform/narrative journalism conference. Photo via @suchandrikac. The talk was written up by

‘IJNET Journalist of the month: Sally Hayden’, May 16, 2017 (in Russian, Persian, Portuguese and Spanish)

Radio report on Syria’s Christians (from about 12), RTE, May 14, 2017

BK9B8229Syrian refugee child in an informal camp in Bekaa Valley, eastern Lebanon, Apr 27, 2017

‘Online ads target Britain’s homeless youths with offer of shelter for sex: charity’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Apr 13, 2017 (republished by DNA India & others)

‘Hungarian charities fear proposed law aims to “discredit” them’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Apr 5, 2017

February/March – VICE, Thomson Reuters Foundation, TIME, RTE, Stellar, the Irish Times (selected)

‘LGBT youth at risk of homelessness after UK housing benefit cuts, charities say’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Mar 31, 2017 (republished by the Irish Independent, the Times of India & others)

Brilliant to be shortlisted for the One World Media ‘New Voice’ award, for my reporting from Nigeria, Ethiopia & Lebanon.

‘Aid reaches Yemen’s Mokha district where thousands are displaced by war’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Mar 24, 2017

‘The reality of why Syrian girls in Jordan are feeling forced into marriage’, Marie Claire UK, Mar 24, 2017

‘Inside the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees’, Irish Times, Mar 22, 2017

BK9B7884Mohammad, father of Zaatari’s 5000th baby, making falafel on the camp’s main shopping street.

‘Girl, Interrupted’, Stellar magazine, April issue (recommended on the Beyond Brunch podcast – from 28 minutes in)

‘To help Iraq, Western world must connect with its everyday people, filmmaker says’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Mar 17, 2016 (republished by Voice of AmericaDaily Mail, Al Arabiya, Relief Web, DNA India, etc.) 

Radio piece on rising rates of child marriage among Syrian refugees on RTE World Report, Mar 12, 2017 (from 11.30)

I wrote a piece in the Beyond Borders magazine produced to mark the first year of the Refugee Journalism Project – which pairs refugee journalists with mentors already established in the UK media industry.

Included in Stellar magazine’s list of ‘100 Irish Women Who Inspire Us‘, which went out to mark International Women’s Day, Mar 8, 2017

My report about Syrian refugee doctors practicing medicine over Whatsapp was broadcast on RTE World Report on Mar 5, 2017 (programme starts at 11.20)

bk9b7335Dr Weshah al-Khafri, a refugee surgeon from Daraa, Syria, who advises war-wounded people back home via WhatsApp

‘This Small Hungarian Town Has Banned ‘Gay Propaganda’ to Become a Far-Right Refuge’, TIME, Mar 2, 2017 (also on Yahoo)

bk9b8196Anna Kiss, a 28-year-old community organiser currently being investigated for “gay propaganda”, interviewed in her apartment in Szeged, Hungary.

Spoke on a panel at Tottenham Court Road Waterstones for an episode of the Stop & Search podcast marking the first anniversary of LEAP UK.

Weekly coverage round-up for Place, the Thomson Reuters Foundation land rights site, Mar 1, 2017 (also did this on Mar 8Feb 15 and Feb 1)

‘Forced back to Syria? Jordan’s unregistered refugees fear deportation’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb 22, 2017 (republished by Middle East Monitor, Qatar’s Peninsula, ReutersKhaleej Times, Yahoo, Daily Mail, DNA India, etc.; also in German)

bk9b7671This 12-year-old works every day delivering vegetables to help pay rent. His mom is considering pulling him out of school completely. As unregistered refugees, the family could be deported if caught by the authorities. Pictured in east Amman, Jordan.

‘British Museum trains Iraqi archaeologists to rebuild post-Islamic State’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb 22, 2017 (republished by Arab News, DNA India, etc.)

bk9b7496A Syrian refugee child is treated for a congenital hip dislocation in a hospital in Amman, Jordan. (That’s iodine, not blood).

‘Inside the Middle Eastern Hospital 3D-Printing for War Victims’, VICE, Feb 4, 2017

bk9b7166-2In the waiting room of MSF’s reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman, Jordan.

‘Syrian refugees in Lebanon find relative safety but little security’, Irish Times, Feb 4, 2017

January – Thomson Reuters Foundation, RTE (selected)

‘Rise in calls to U.S. trafficking hotline reveals new types of abuse’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 31, 2017

‘Failure of malaria drug “early warning” for Africa, researchers say’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 31, 2017

‘First homeless, then enslaved – rising risk for UK rough sleepers’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 26, 2017 (republished by Daily Mail, etc.)

‘Factbox: As Trump moves ahead with the wall, what other countries have border walls?’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 26, 2017 (republished by Jakarta Globe, etc.)

bk9b7296A Syrian refugee at a women’s centre for survivors of domestic abuse in Mafraq, Jordan, about 10 miles southwest of the border.

‘Homeless Irish vacate building after month-long standoff’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 12, 2017

‘Homeless activists defy eviction order in Ireland’, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 11, 2017 (republished by the New York Times among others)

My first radio piece for RTE World Report – about clearing explosives during the Mosul offensive against ISIS – went out on Sunday, Jan 8, 2017

‘Syrian child refugees taught to release stress and resist recruitment’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 2, 2017 (republished by the New York Times, ReutersLebanon’s Daily Star, Business Insider, the Jordan Times, the Egypt Independent, Qatar’s Peninsula, the Saudi Gazette, Channel News Asia, the Himalayan Times, the Huffington Post, Relief Web, Malaysia’s Astro Awani, Their World and many more. Shared by Ai Weiwei, Unicef, Sarah Brown and UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming, among others)

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-20-02-22This story was included in the print version of Arab Weekly, Jan 15, 2016.

December – FT, IACC, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Irish Times, Oxfam (selected)

‘Child migrants return to Calais hoping to cross to Britain in new year’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Dec 29, 2016 (republished by New York Times, Euronews, etc. I later spoke about this report on Talk Radio)

I did the words/reporting for these five stories from northern Iraq (with Oxfam).

iraqInterviewing a beautician in Jalawla, northern Iraq, for Oxfam. Photo by Tegid Cartwright.

‘Trump’s wall: In Central America, migrants are undeterred’, Irish Times, Dec 19, 2016

bk9b7126-1A Cuban migrant cutting another’s hair outside a shelter in Panama City, for the Irish Times.

Delighted to have been chosen for a fellowship to cover the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Panama from December 1-4.

‘”Attack the messenger, not the message”: Removing the stigma from whistleblowing’, IACC, Dec 3, 2016

‘Panama Papers: Cooperation among journalists makes the difference between national and global impact’, IACC, Dec 2, 2016

Contributed several pieces to the new Financial Times guide to Dublin, check it out here:

‘Brooklyn by the Liffey’ – on urban village Stoneybatter.

‘The return of the natives’ – on post-recession restaurant culture.


‘The Reel Deal’ – on traditional music outside of Temple Bar.

‘Coast with the most’ – on coastal suburb Howth.

bk9b6994Reporting on protests over development at Ramlet el Baida, Beirut’s last remaining public beach, for Reuters Foundation

‘Barricades on the beach: Beirut residents fight for their waterfront’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Dec 2, 2016 (republished by Channel News Asia & others.)

screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-10-20-30Photos available via the Reuters wire: Later used by the Guardian, the Atlantic’s CitylabBrookings Institution & L’Orient-Le Jour, among others. One was chosen as Al Monitor’s ‘Lebanon photo of the day.’

November – Thomson Reuters Foundation, Magnum Photos (selected)

‘Reverse Migration: Going Back to Ghana’, Magnum Photos, Nov 28, 2016

‘Sex, drug abuses spur calls to check volunteers helping migrants in Europe’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Nov 24, 2016 (republished in Lebanon’s Daily Star & others)

bk9b6898A Syrian refugee in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley shows me where shrapnel entered her foot when her house was shelled.

October – Thomson Reuters Foundation, Share Radio, LCC, Maclean’s (selected)

‘The view from Wallonia and its backlash against CETA’, Maclean’s, Oct 28, 2016

‘As Calais “Jungle” closes, women migrants in smaller camps fear influx’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oct 25, 2016 (republished by Newsweek, etc.)

_mg_7405Women cooking in a small migrant camp 70km from Calais, for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

‘Ethiopians who fled over land rights now face eviction from Calais “Jungle”‘, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oct 24, 2016 (republished by the Guardian, etc.)

‘In countdown to demolition, Calais “Jungle” children desperately seek route to UK’,Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oct 21, 2016 (republished in Jakarta Globe, etc.)

‘Child migrants in Calais seeking smugglers as “Jungle” camp set to close’,Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oct 13, 2016 (republished by ABC News, etc.)

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-20-42-06Photos available via the Reuters wire:

_mg_7326Back in the Calais Jungle ahead of full demolition._mg_7277A psychiatrist with MSF speaks about the difficulties Jungle residents face, for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

I also did two weekend paper reviews on Share Radio, began as a visiting lecturer at London College of Communication, & was featured in Stellar Magazine’s ‘100 Irish Women Who Run the World’.