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Xenophobia in South Africa’s Schools

Xenophobia in South Africa's Schools

Graffiti on the wall of Albert Street School in Johannesburg, South Africa. The school was set up after the Xenophobic attacks in 2008 to provide a safe haven for the children of foreign migrants. Several years later it is still taking in foreigners as they battle to get into government run schools.


Life Inside Erbil’s Baharka camp

Life Inside Erbil's Baharka camp

I’m currently on assignment in northern Iraq. We visited Erbil’s Baharka camp, where several thousand displaced Iraqi’s are now living, after fleeing Islamic State militants. Many of them come from Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, which was taken over by IS in June. The camp used to be a cement factory. Now it is home […]


Al-Shabaab Recruiting in Kenya

Al-Shabaab Recruiting in Kenya

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Westgate shopping mall siege in Nairobi, we’ve been taking a closer look at the Al-Qaeda linked Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. It appears to be targeting Kenyans in its latest recruitment drive, rather than Somalis. Some of those new recruits […]


Nigeria Battles to Take on Boko Haram

Nigeria Battles to Take on Boko Haram

This is all that remains of one of the cars used to launch a twin bomb attack in a crowded market in the town of #Jos, in central #Nigeria. The blasts killed over 120 people, making it one of the deadliest attacks for some years. No one has claimed responsibility but it bears all the […]


The Man Who Designed The Flag of South Africa

The Man Who Designed The Flag of South Africa

South Africa is celebrating 20 years of democracy. Did you know that the new flag of South Africa was inspired by the chasubles worn by Anglican and Catholic priests? Or that it nearly ended up looking like this one, which mirrored the nuclear peace symbol? Today the flag is universally loved by South Africans and […]


Reporting on Kenya’s Oil Prospects

Reporting on Kenya's Oil Prospects

The second report from our recent trip to #Turkana in Northern #Kenya has been broadcast on the #BBC . It looks at the prospects for oil in this remote region of the country. Turkana is one of the poorest parts of Kenya but it is also potentially the richest, thanks to the large underground aquifers that […]


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 […]