Mystery militia sows fear – and confusion – in Congo’s long-suffering Ituri
Since June, at least 360 people have been killed and more than 300,000 uprooted in Itruri, as a mysterious militia group thought to be drawn from the region’s marginalised Lendu community spreads across the region, attacking mainly ethnic Hema villages. With the world's eyes on Ebola, there's little help in hand. A dispatch from the province for The New Humanitarian.
13 August 2019
Ebola preparations tested as cases rise in Congo’s main eastern city
Rising Ebola cases here left aid workers and local residents questioning whether the sprawling lakeside city is prepared for a wider outbreak. From Goma, for The New Humanitarian.
2 August 2019
How Congo’s Ebola epidemic became the world’s second deadliest
Reporter’s View: The challenges of covering spreading militancy in the Sahel
From August 2018 through May 2019, I documented the upheaval to civilians’ lives and livelihoods as violence spread through the Sahel region of West Africa. A reporter's diary for The New Humanitarian
5 June 2019
Special report: The Sahel in flames
Ten months of on the ground-reporting from the scrublands of northern Burkina Faso to the great cliffs of Bandiagara in central Mali. Reporting and editing for The New Humanitarian.
31 May 2019
Briefing: The civilian fallout from the Sahel’s spreading militancy
A surge in violence across West Africa’s Sahel has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left thousands dead since January, as Islamist militants with links to al-Qaeda and so-called Islamic State extend their reach across the region at a time when they are losing ground in their Middle Eastern strongholds. A briefing on the spreading militancy for The New Humanitarian
30 May 2019
Burkina Faso, part 2: Communities buckle as conflict ripples through the Sahel
Burkina Faso, part 1: Spreading violence triggers ‘unprecedented’ crisis
As many note the defeat of so-called Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, militant violence is spreading like wildfire in lesser-known Burkina Faso. Part of a two part series for For The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)
17 April 2019
In militarised Mali, humanitarian responders say aid is an afterthought
As needs rise in Mali, aid groups say their ability to respond is being hamstrung by an increasingly militarised security landscape marked by confusion between military and humanitarian actors, shifting conflict dynamics, and funding gaps that are leaving displaced people sick and starving. For The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN).
11 March 2019
Ceasefires, French airstrikes, and demobilisation attempts are all failing to stem what the UN has described as 'continuous displacement'. For IRIN.
7 March 2019
In eastern Burkina Faso, local grievances help militancy take root
More that 1.2 million people could be in need of emergency aid in Burkina Faso this year as Islamist militants spread fear and displacement across the country. Report from Fada N'gourma in the east and Kongoussi in the north. For IRIN.
15 January 2019
New violence eclipses Mali's plans for peace
The scale of violence In central Mali, a previously peaceful part of the country, has left many wondering whether a 2015 peace agreement is still fit for purpose. Reporting from Mopti and Bamako for IRIN
26 November 2018
“I have lost everything” – In central Mali, rising extremism stirs inter-communal conflict
Jihadists groups in central Mali have inflamed long-standing tensions between Mali’s Dogon and Fulani communities, sparking waves of tit-for-tat killings by abusive new militias. I travelled across the region for IRIN to investigate.
4 September 2018
"Praying for peace" - Malians pick new president amid rising violence
Presidential elections in Mali are taking place amid accusations of fraud, rising extremism and emerging inter-communal strife. A report from the capital, Bamako,for IRIN.
30 July 2018
"I have no power to complain" - Victims of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers find little support or justice
In 2016, 155 women came forward with sexual abuse allegations against UN peacekeepers deployed in one small town in the Central African Republic.
Two years on: No justice, a botched investigation and scant assistance. Investigation for IRIN.
July 25 2018
“Whoever they met, they would cut and kill” - displaced Congolese recount rebel atrocities
Two years of tit-for-tat violence in Congo's Rutshuru have left hundreds dead, villages burnt, and communities divided. With rare access I met civilians and militia leaders.
Razed villages and empty fields await Congo-Brazzaville’s displaced
Civilians can finally return to Congo’s Pool region, but a shaky peace agreement and scarce food and services may keep them away. For IRIN.
June 18 2018
"We have become the target" -
Aid workers in the Central African Republic's fast-fragmenting conflict
Needs grow, as access shrinks. In the Central African Republic, aid workers are now in the crosshairs as violence spreads to new areas and armed groups proliferate
May 31 2018
Inside mission impossible - Peackeeping in the Central African Republic
The UN faces impossible odds trying to keep the peace in the Central African Republic where violence is spiralling out of control and peacekeepers are becoming the targets.
My report from inside the UN mission. For IRIN.
May 26, 2018
Exclusive: The hidden war in Congo-Brazzaville
In April 2016, the government of Congo-Brazzaville launched a scorched earth campaign against an opposition militia called the Ninjas,.
After 20 months of violence I was the first foreign reporter given access to conflict areas to document the damage. For IRIN.
January 17, 2018
'Kabila must go' - How gridlock in Kinshasa is driving violence in Eastern Congo
As Kabila begins another year in power without a mandate, fear is mounting that Congo may slid back into the chaos of the past--a development that U.N. peacekeepers could be powerless to stop. A long read for World Politics Review
January 16, 2018
Exclusive: Congolese army’s campaign of rape and looting in South Kivu
Travelling through South Kivu, we documented a systematic pattern of rape, looting and arbitrary arrests by Congolese soldiers as the army responds to a new insurgency. For IRIN
December 12, 2017
Kasai: The new rebellion in Congo
A dispatch from Kasai where a violent conflict between the Congolese military and the Kamwina Nsapu militia has left thousands dead and millions on the brink of starvation. For Foreign Affairs magazine.
November 7, 2017
"People are dying every day" - CAR refugees fleeing war suffer in Congo
Tens of thousands of CAR refugees have fled to remote areas of Congo over the past five months as conflict intensifies. Many find themselves in areas too remote or too dangerous for aid to reach. For IRIN
October 30, 2017
Mass graves, missing bodies and mysticism: Inside Congo's spiralling Kasai conflict
A conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo's once peaceful Kasai region has left thousands dead and 1.4 million displaced in 12 months of violence. I gained rare access to Kananga, the capital of Kasai-Central for IRIN.
September 8, 2017
Central African Republic: rebels turn on each other as violence spreads
Recent clashes in Central African Republic leave 100s dead, villages destroyed, and more 100,000 displaced. I documented the consequences in Bria. For IRIN.
May 18, 2017
As U.S. and Ugandan military operations draw to a close, fear is mounting that the rebel group will return with vengeance. Story from Obo for VICE News.
May 2, 2017
In Central African Republic, end of Joseph Kony hunt leaves civilians vulnerable
An interview with Central African Republic President Francois Touadéra as US and Ugandan troops withdaw from the hunt for Joesph Kony. For RFI.
Raped, injected with poison, entire family murdered: One woman's search for justice in Central African Republic
Victims, lawyers, analysts on the battle for justice in the Central African Republic. For IRIN News.
March 23, 2017
Central African Republic: The battle for Bambari
Civilians suffer as violence flares in the Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto provinces of Central African Republic. Story from Bambari for IRIN News.
February 24, 2017
Central African Republic: Fear and violence, a year on from elections
A year on from democractic elections displacement reaches record levels as fighting spreads across the country.For RFI
February 13, 2017
Burundi: 300,000 flee as crisis deepens
Eighteen months into the crisis, over 300,000 have fled into overstretched and underfunded camps across the region. Mahama In Southeast Rwanda is one of the largest. For RFI.
October 28, 2016
Rwanda: Border communities suffer as Burundi crisis hits home
Trade vanishes and communities fray as a diplomatic crisis worsens in East Africa. Story for IRIN from Akanyaru on the Rwanda-Burundi border.
October 5, 2016
Brexit: The view from England's 'Little Poland'
Fear and uncertainty for EU migrants in Boston, Britain’s most pro-Brexit town. My dispatch for Al Jazeera about a divided town in a divided country.
June 30, 2016
Inside the Hungarian court prosecuting migrants
Inside the Hungarian court where refugees are being prosecuted. My report for VICE News from Szeged, in Southern Hungary, on the impact of the government’s new, punitive, border regime.
October 1, 2015
Revealed: Refugees sentenced to expulsion languish in Hungarian detention centres
Refugees sentenced to expulsion are languishing in Hungarian detention centres. My exclusive for Balkan Insight on the plight of the refugees prosecuted by Hungarian courts.
October 1, 2015
"Sometimes I wish I'd never left Syria" - Inside a Slovakian refugee centre
Racism, boredom and families pulled apart. My report from Gabcikovo, in Slovakia on a controversial practice Amnesty International has called “asylum dumping”. Published at Al Jazeera.
October 19, 2015
BBC: The refugee crisis in Calais
A “Reporter’s Notebook” segment I did for BBC Radio on the refugees at Britain’s border. Written and filed from Calais and broadcast on August 1st 2015. Listen on Soundcloud here.
July 29, 2015
Long Read: The slow death of council housing in the UK
The story of 120 years of British council housing told from the places and people that made it. A long read for VICE against the backdrop of the new Housing and Planning Bill.
March 2, 2015
France: What happens to your town when a far-right party comes to power?
The far right are taking over towns in France. I travelled round the country to find out what’s happening. Read my piece in the New Statesman here.
May 27, 2014