Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

It’s Easy to Buy Fake HIV Test Results in Uganda

It's Easy to Buy Fake HIV Test Results in Uganda

Over the last month I have been working on a #BBC investigation with my colleagues in Kampala, showing just how easy it is to buy fake HIV test results in #Uganda. Our report on this is going out the BBC today. The faking of results is happening because of the deep rooted stigmatisation that still […]


Fleeing the Violence in South Sudan

Fleeing the Violence in South Sudan

I’m in Awerial, where over 80,000 people have gathered in recent weeks to escape the fighting in South Sudan. The camp lies only 25 kilometers south of Bor, where fighting is still going on between rebels and the government. People travel by night to avoid being shot crossing the river. They bring what few possessions […]


Moving closer to an HIV free generation in Africa

#Africa carries the biggest burden of #HIV in the world, but the picture is improving through a concerted effort to prevent mother to infant infections.A combination of drugs and education programmes means that only half as many HIV-positive mothers in Africa are now passing on the virus to their babies, compared to a decade ago.We […]


Happy Birthday Dira TV

#Blog   #BBC    #Africa   Reshared post from +BBC Africa BBC Swahili TV programme marks one year since it started. It has become a very popular news programme in East and Central Africa. This is the team behind all that you see on TV. Happy birthday Dira ya Dunia TV!


What next for Zimbabwe?

We all piled into the home of the MDC's Morgan #Tsvangirai today to hear his reaction to the news that Robert #Mugabe apparently won 61% of the vote in #Zimbabwe's election. I've never seen so many journalist squashed into such a small space. At the press conference Tsvangirai called the election fraudulent: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23562354The press appeared […]


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 […]


Photos from Konna after it was recaptured

Some photos taken in Konna, in northern Mali, after it was liberated by the French. Its capture by Islamist fighters just over two weeks ago prompted Mali’s call for international help. Click here to see the TV report on the town I shot with the BBC’s Mark Doyle.


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.


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 […]


More on the Maasai and Semadep Safari Camp

More on the Maasai and Semadep Safari Camp

This is James Ole Lesaloi, the man behind an ambitious project in Kenya to help the local Maasai community finally begin to benefit from the many tourists that come to Africa’s most famous safari destination, the Maasai Mara game reserve.


Hanging out with the Maasai at Semadepcamp

I spent a few days this week living with the Maasai near the Mara, through a community run project called Semadepcamp that aims to help the local community benefit from the many tourists who flock to this part of Kenya. The two guys in this photo, Denis and Tubula, looked after us during our stay. […]


Photo: On The Trainline at Kibera

Photo: On The Trainline at Kibera

I came across this young lady, sitting all on her own on an active railway line, in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums. I asked around and soon discovered her mother was not far away and keeping a close eye on her. The railway line is where she spends her time while her mom runs […]


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.


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 […]


Nigeria’s First Olympic Canoeist

All the world’s attention is currently on London for the 2012 Olympics. When Africa and the Olympics are mentioned together, one immediately thinks of long distance runners from Kenya or the football exploits of Ghana and Cameroon. But more and more Africans are branching into other sports that haven’t been traditionally African. Take the case […]


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.


Some Thoughts on Sierra Leone

Some Thoughts on Sierra Leone

This picture sums of my experience of Sierra Leone. It has made substantial progress from the days when it was seen as one of the most dangerous places on earth and the future is at last looking more optimistic for the next generation. I traveled there with my colleague Mark Doyle to cover the reaction […]


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 […]


How British Aid Is Spent In Dadaab

Earlier this month I had the privilege of going on assignment for the BBC to Dadaab in Kenya to film a story about how British aid is being spent in the world’s largest refugee camp. We followed a consignment of water and sanitation equipment paid for by the British public from start to finish, beginning […]


Finding Heroes in Unlikely Places

Finding Heroes in Unlikely Places

I was looking forward to seeing a movie with friends. I wasn’t expecting to have my views challenged. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to cry. But that’s exactly what happened after watching “Sisters in Law”. The movie is extraordinary on so many levels. Its about two black women, tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court […]