Human rights

Nyayang Bol Biel, eight months pregnant, travelled hundreds of miles with her two children to reach the safety of Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya [Richard Nield/Al Jazeera]

Escape from Leer and South Sudan civil war

Al Jazeera, 29 December 2015 One woman’s struggle to survive the South Sudan conflict in leaving behind her homeland to seek refuge in Kenya. Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya Eight months pregnant and fearing for her life, Nyayang Bol Biel gathered up her two young children in the dead of night and prepared to embark on a [...]

The Second Crisis documentary film about the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on impoverished people in Jordan

The Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan – a documentary film

Following the great success but ultimately frustrating outcome of the Kickstarter campaign for my documentary film last year about the devastating impact that the influx of Syrian refugees is having on impoverished people in Jordan, I’ve set up a fundraising page to help raise the finance necessary to complete and distribute this important film. Please [...]

The Second Crisis documentary film about the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on impoverished people in Jordan

Documentary on Syrian Refugees’ Impact on Jordanians Needs Funding

Daily Kos – 19 December 2013 by Yasuragi Full disclosure: this is a pitch. Not for me, but for a stranger, documentary filmmaker Richard Nield. Nield has shot footage for a film that now needs funding for completion, and has only a scant few days in which to raise it. I was drawn to his [...]


Ali and Fatmeh and their family face eviction from their home in Mafraq, northern Jordan

Six days remain to fund groundbreaking documentary on Jordan’s impending humanitarian crisis

After months of production work on The Second Crisis – a groundbreaking documentary about the devastating impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Jordan – just six days remain to raise the funding needed to complete the film. Please take this opportunity to help us raise awareness of the plight of thousands of struggling families [...]

The Second Crisis: a film about the impact on Jordan of the influx of Syrian refugees

Fundraising launched for film on impact on Jordan of influx of Syrian refugees

The fundraising campaign for The Second Crisis, a compelling film about the devastating impact that the influx of Syrian refugees is having on the poorest and most vulnerable Jordanians, has now been launched. The film tells the untold personal stories of impoverished local people who are being forced out of their homes by unscrupulous landlords [...]

Maintaining the line of ethical journalism

26 September 2013 – Frontline Club An event at the Frontline Club on 25 September saw a discussion focused on the recently published book by Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert, When Reporters Cross The Line, examining the ethics of reporting in high pressure situations. Assembled for the discussion were Purvis, professor of television journalism at [...]


Za'atari refugee camp Jordan

Jordan documentary site launch

23 September 2013 Today I launched the official Facebook page for the documentary I’m making about the dramatic impact that the flood of Syrian refugees into Jordan is having on the local population. To view the page, just click here: And to be kept in the loop with further updates, please ‘Like’ the page.

Water supply by donkey in Bentiu, Unity state

Power and poverty in South Sudan

14th March 2013 From Our Own Correspondent – BBC Radio 4 My piece on the impact of austerity in South Sudan, where a lack of oil resources left many struggling to provide food and power for their families: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r5qc7 And the World Service version: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p015gwbb

Amman Jordan city centre

Refugee crisis in Jordan and Lebanon worsens

20 February 2013 As of today, 278,000 Syrian refugees have crossed the border into Jordan, and 295,000 have crossed into Lebanon, according to UNHCR. According to Jordan’s government, the number is much higher. They estimate that they are hosting more than 368,000 out of a total of 787,000 Syrian refugees displaced in the region. The [...]


Sexual violence Congo DRC Frontline Club I Dream of Congo

Violence in DR Congo could abate if international community takes decisive action

15 February 2013 Frontline Club More than 5m people have died in fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1998. But now there may be a window of opportunity for the international community to take action. The coming year could be a window of opportunity for the international community to tackle the violence [...]

Transformations in Egyptian Journalism

Transforming Egyptian Journalism

6th February 2013 – The Frontline Club The key to the development of the media in Egypt is not the transformation of journalists but the transformation of institutions, argues Naomi Sakr in her new book, Transformations in Egyptian Journalism. “I wanted to demonstrate that journalism as such may be the least of the problems in [...]

Bahrain's unreported oppression

Bahrain’s unreported oppression continues – with a little help from the West

The Frontline Club – 24 August 2012 At an event hosted by the Frontline Club, an expert panel of speakers shed light on the ongoing oppression of political opposition in Bahrain, one of the most under-reported aspects of the Arab Spring, and the government’s systematic use of Western public relations companies to manage the regime’s [...]


Cereal price rises threaten civil unrest

The Middle East must ensure food supply amid spiking global prices or risk potential civil unrest The current drought-induced surge in global food prices is causing disquiet in the Middle East and North Africa. Memories do not need to be very long to recall that when protesters took to the streets of cities across the [...]

South Sudan wheelchair basketball team captain Gatluak Kual Luak

Basketball inspires wounded

BBC – 9 August 2012 Thousands of miles from the elite athletes gathered at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, some young men are playing basketball on a court in South Sudan. But their wheelchairs are a reminder of the country’s painful past. In the Nimra Talata area, one Friday afternoon, a crowd of [...]

Algiers’ smoke screen of reform

Against the backdrop of popular unrest in the region, Algiers promised political change. Yet, despite concessions, the regime is maintaining its grip on power Ever since January 2011, when Algerians took to the streets to protest their economic plight and demonstrate their political frustration alongside their neighbours in Tunisia and Egypt, the government has promised [...]


Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in Iran, reveals shocking details of executions, stoning and suppression of civil rights in a speech at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, London, on 22 March 20012

Why we shouldn’t use Iran’s human rights record as an excuse for war

26 March 2012 Iran’s record on human rights is dreadful, but we must not allow it to become an excuse for war. Last week I had the privilege of hearing at first hand the findings of the UN’s top representative on human rights in Iran. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s ‘Special Rapporteur’, had submitted his first [...]

A voter in John Garang memorial park, Juba on the first day of the referendum on independence for South Sudan

Six months after South Sudan gained independence, the same challenges remain

On 9th January, South Sudan will celebrate six months of independence form the north. But the problems faced by the new country are still mounting In early 2011 I devoted two months to covering the referendum on the independence of South Sudan from the north and the government’s efforts to set up the apparatus for [...]

Juba, South Sudan, on the first day of voting for the referendum on independence

South Sudan referendum

Millions of South Sudanese voted in an independence referendum, which could cut Africa’s biggest country in two MEED – 28 January 2011 In John Garang memorial park in the South Sudanese capital of Juba, the mood is one of celebration. A group of drummers beat out a rhythm on tall African drums, while locals dance [...]