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

‘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

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

‘Hundreds of Moroccans stage mass sit-in protest after teenage boys sexually assault woman on bus’, the Independent, Aug 23, 2017

‘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.

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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 journalism.co.uk.

‘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 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.

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: pictures.reuters.com

_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’.

July – VICE, Time, VICE News (selected)

Video: ‘Gerry Adams says Brexit could lead to Northern Ireland leaving the UK’, VICE News, July 25, 2016 (I field produced)

‘Could Brexit Unite Ireland? Uncertainty Reigns North of the Border’, Time, July 19, 2016

IMG_6482Eleventh night bonfire at Sandy Row, Belfast.IMG_6620Ardoyne residents burning Union Jack flags on July 12, 2016.IMG_6349The bonfire at Sandy Row, Belfast, July 11, 2016.

‘I Joined the Media Scrum at the Launch of the Iraq Inquiry’, VICE, July 6, 2016

June – Irish Times, Maclean’s, SME

‘Is Brexit the start of a new war against globalization?’, Maclean’s, June 25, 2016

‘Talking Brexit in the Calais Jungle’, Maclean’s, June 21, 2016

IMG_6286Back reporting from the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France.

‘The war the world forgot: Nigeria’s displaced contemplate returning home’, Irish Times, June 11, 2016

_MGL0602A Nigerian IDP and her child, born while they were hiding in the bush from Boko Haram, for the Irish Times.

I was also interviewed by Slovakian broadsheet SME about the EU referendum and the feelings on the ground here in London.

Included in the full list of mentors for the Refugee Journalism Project run jointly by the London College of Communication/Migrants Resource Centre now up here.