I’m a British journalist reporting on conflict, contagion and climate change from West Africa and South Asia. On this site I present a small selection from the 200 plus articles I have written over the last 10 years.
In West Africa, I covered the controversial opening of Africa’s first free clitoral restorative clinic for victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), run by an alien-worshiping sex cult in Burkina Faso. I wrote on the children of Mali’s Bella ethnic minority, who want to grow up to be slaves and I documented forced-begging of children as young as six by renegade Qur’anic masters in Senegal.
In South Asia, I produced rare footage of life in the makeshift Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, where some 60,000 people were living hand to mouth in what the United Nations described as amongst the most squalid conditions on Earth. I reported undercover from Myanmar on how farmers in Shan State had little option but to grow opium to feed their families and from Pakistan about devastating Islamist attacks on art and culture.
In 2013, I reported from Minawao refugee camp in north Cameroon on the fierce fighting between Islamic sect Boko Haram and the Nigerian authorities. I also wrote about how cyclical droughts and floods in the region were exacerbating this conflict, and despite international efforts to reduce hunger and poverty in the Sahel, numbers of malnourished and food insecure continued to rise even in non-emergency years.
In 2014, I broke the news that Ebola had reached densely populated Conakry and that it was the deadly Zaire strain – raising the stakes for the slow international response as an African problem suddenly became a global health and security threat. I was the first foreign correspondent to report from ground zero of the deadly outbreak, a story on hiccups and survivors from Gueckedou.
In 2015, on a second trip to Guinea, I reported how fear and mistrust was making it harder to stop the disease. Threats against aid workers, which I had first reported in April 2014, continued a year later – a failure of the information campaign. Later, I reported how Africa’s medicine men could have helped avoid this had they not been sidelined in the response.
Prior to becoming a full time journalist, I worked as a consultant in aid and development for Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the United Nations and the World Bank. In 2017, I completed an MSc in Global Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), specialising in infectious disease and in particular HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
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