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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]