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Thoughts on the South Sudan Conflict

Thoughts on the South Sudan Conflict

Back from a very demanding trip to #SouthSudan. It is shocking what impact the South Sudan conflict has had on the country. Thousands killed because of their ethnicity and over a million people displaced. The country’s people deserve much better.

Welcoming Home Nelson Mandela’s Body

Some images I took on the road into Mthatha as local residents waited to welcome home the body of Nelson Mandela after it was flown back from Waterkloof military airbase in Pretoria. It felt more like a party than a funeral. People cheered as the cortege carrying his body drove past. They were not doing […]

British Soldiers Training The Malian Army

This week I returned to Mali to work with the BBC’s new correspondent in the country, Alex Duval Smith. We travelled to Koulikoro, about an hour’s drive from the capital Bamako, where a group of British soldiers are training the Malian army. They have joined a European mission trying to turn Mali’s army into a […]

Malaria Spreading In Africa Due To Global Warming

Malaria Spreading In Africa Due To Global Warming

It was World Malaria day this week. The desease remains one of the biggest killers in Sub-Sahara Africa. Sadly we are seeing malaria spreading in Africa. I travelled with my colleague Anne Soy to Kisumu on the banks of Lake Victoria, a traditional malaria hotspot and home to Kemri, Kenya’s main research centre into the […]

Visiting the Venice of Africa in Mali’s war zone

Visiting the Venice of Africa in Mali's war zone

This is the sight that greeted us when we finally got to Mopti, the Venice of Africa, on the banks of the Niger River in Northern Mali. It was such a relief to arrive here. In fact it felt a bit like we had arrived in paradise.

Why Zuma’s 4th Wife Chose a Polygamous Marriage

Why Zuma's 4th Wife Chose a Polygamous Marriage

I had the pleasure of meeting Jacob Zuma’s 4th wife this week, Bongi Ngema Zuma for an interview with the BBC’s Lerato Mbele. Bongi, is a former IBM executive. She is the most prominent of his wives and is the one who accompanies him on trips abroad. Bongi also plays an active role, through her […]

South Sudan’s Many Challenges

The second report from the recent trip I did to South Sudan with my colleague, Mike Wooldridge, went out on the BBC this week. It looked at the two areas within South Sudan which are proving to be the most challenging for the young nation. The UN says a new influx of refugees from the […]

Abyei: No Place to Call Home

I’ve been in South Sudan on a week long trip organised by Christian Aid with my colleague Mike Wooldridge. The trip focused on the main trouble spots in the young country, including the disputed area of Abyei. It straddles the north-south border between Sudan and South Sudan and remains the biggest flashpoint left unresolved when […]

What’s Behind the Rise of Islamic Extremism in Kenya

What's Behind the Rise of Islamic Extremism in Kenya

Mombasa’s main beach, hardly a tourist in sight during what should be a busy period. Local traders say the recent riots in Kenya’s coastal city, following the killing of a Muslim cleric, has scared away many foreign visitors. It’s feared there could be more unrest, as support for Islamic extremism grows.

Kenya’s Tana Delta Massacre

Kenya's Tana Delta Massacre

Kilelengwani village in Kenya’s Tana Delta, the site of a massacre on the 10th of Sept 2012, which left 38 people dead. The village was completely destroyed. Only the mosque was left standing.

Humanitarian Catastrophe at Batil Refugee Camp

Humanitarian Catastrophe at Batil Refugee Camp

I’ve just returned from a tough assignment in South Sudan, to cover one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, currently unfolding in the Batil refugee camp. Myself and my colleague, James Copnall were sent to report on the situation in the camp, which is in the north east of the country, about 60 miles from […]

Will Kenya’s Next Elections Be Violent?

Will Kenya's Next Elections Be Violent?

Graffiti on a downtown wall in Nairobi, summing up how some Kenyans feel about their politicians. Kenya’s elections are still more than six months away, but judging by the daily media coverage, you would think they were happening next month. This is a crucial election for the country as it will be the first time […]

Refugees from the Paradise Island of Zanzibar

Over the weekend, I undertook one of the most bizarre journeys imaginable, flying from Nairobi to Mogadishu and then onto the paradise island of Zanzibar. We went on a trip with the UNHCR to cover a story about a group of refugees who fled paradise only to end up living in one of the most […]

Rwanda and Burundi: 50 years of Independence

Rwanda and Burundi are celebrating 50 years of independence. Ahead of the anniversary, I traveled to both countries with my colleague Kevin Mwachiro to report on how these two tiny African nations have developed since independence and look at their prospects. Below are the television packages we filed on each country.

Using Multimedia to Reflect All Aspects of a Story

Using Multimedia to Reflect All Aspects of a Story

One of the things I like about working for the BBC is that you get to produce news material for television, radio and online. Although each medium requires a different set of skills, it allows you to cover all aspects of a story. The material from my recent trip to Sierra Leone with the BBC’s […]

Swiss Alps Under Threat from Tourism

Swiss Alps Under Threat from Tourism

Recently I traveled to Switzerland to shoot some news features with the BBC’s local correspondent, Imogen Foulkes. This is one of the reports we did, which looks at how tourism is ruining the Swiss Alps. We filmed around the resort of Zermatt, home to the iconic Matterhorn. A 100 years ago Zermatt was a sleepy village, now […]

Equatorial Guinea: A Country of Contrasts

Equatorial Guinea: A Country of Contrasts

I’ve been in Equatorial Guinea, covering the first leg of the African Cup on Nations football tournament. We divided our time between Bata, the second largest city, where the opening match was played, and Malabo, the country’s capital on Bioko island. The trip has illustrated the importance sport can play in unifying a nation and […]

Postcard from Tripoli: Final Thoughts

Postcard from Tripoli: Final Thoughts

This is a photo of the theatre at Leptis Magna, one of Libya’s many undiscovered gems. My three week trip to the country with my colleagues, correspondent Mark Lowen, and shoot edit Ian Druce has come to an end. It coincided with a quiet time on the news front so we spent most of the […]

The Key Challenge Facing Libya in 2012

One of the stories we have been working in Libya, about the key challenge facing the country in the post Gaddafi era, went out on the BBC today. It focuses on the need to disarm the various militia that toppled the old regime and persuade them to integrate into a new national security force. If […]

Tripoli Zoo Still Facing An Uncertain Future

Libya is slowly returning to normal after the uprising that overthrew Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. One of the sites grinding back into action is Tripoli Zoo, which is hoping to re-open to the public in a few months time. But the battle is not over yet. Funding from international charities to feed the hundreds of birds […]

Libya Celebrates 60 Years of Independence

Libya Celebrates 60 Years of Independence

A few photos I took during celebrations in Tripoli, to mark 60 years since Libya gained it’s independence. It was the first time the 24th of December was marked in more than 40 years. During Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, the importance of the day was not recognized and only the 1969 date of his coup was […]