Selected work

‘This is the deepest form of violence in the world’, Spex

Behrouz Boochani has written his latest book through text messages from a detention camp in the South Pacific – and was awarded Australia’s richest literary accolade for it. In an exclusive interview over phone he condemns the country’s immigration policy. And talks about the power of writing.

Upgrade Day, Weapons of Reason

Chipping parties are the latest trend among Scandinavia’s tech community. Could these biohackers and transhumanists be coming to implant a workplace near you?

Voces of school climate strikers from around the world, Deutsche Welle

Thousands of kids have walked out of class for a global day of climate action. DW spoke to young people from around the world taking part in the Fridays for Future marches about their hopes and fears.

The Syrian families searching Europe for justice, The Guardian

In a red London bus covered with images of ‘disappeared’ and detained Syrians, Families for Freedom has reached Berlin – a city whose traumatic past has parallels with Syria’s present

Could Berlin’s Tegel airport be reborn as a nightclub?, The Guardian

Tegel airport is being eyed up as a new venue – but plans are meeting with ambivalence as clubbers see their subculture becoming more mainstream

Meet the Halle politician helping to challenge stereotypes of eastern Germany, The Local

We visit the SPD politician Karamba Diaby in his Halle constituency to discuss media coverage of East Germany, his autobiography and challenging the rise of the far right AfD

Hope and anxiety for refugees living in Berlin's Marzahn neighbourhood, The Local

Buildings start to separate and grow taller as you travel from Berlin’s city center to the eastern district of Marzahn. It is a different landscape

The rise, fall and open road of Germany's former 'Stalin City', The Local

“The town is like a GDR Disneyland,” jokes Kathrin Henck, taking a breath from her breakneck speed German.She’s the manager of the tourist office in Eisenhüttenstadt, a town with the selling point of being the “first socialist city” in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). “People can come here and see how we lived before the wall,” she explains. “Visually at least.”

Asylum requests: a good interpreter can make all the difference, Deutsche Welle

Asylum seekers often need translators to convey their situation honestly. But the reality is different. Many refugees bear the brunt of untrained or even untrustworthy interpreters who jeopardise their asylum requests.

What Germany's refugees think about the elections, Al Jazeera

With no right to vote, many of the thousands of refugees in the country feel without a voice - objects, and not participants in the political discourse.

What impact is family separation having on refugees in Germany, Info Migrants

When Awad said goodbye to his three-year-old son, he reassured him they would be together again in two months - six at the very most. 

The challenges of providing adequate mental health care for refugees in Germany, Info Migrants

"It can help," says professor of psychiatry Malek Bajbouj, "to return to the parable of the six blind men from India and the elephant." 

Kidnapped by Isis at 15: 'I never thought I'd see the day when I was free', Guardian

After escaping imprisonment Nihad Alawsi wants the world to recognise what’s happening to girls in Iraq, and why coming home isn’t the end of the ordeal. 

Hardening European policies keep refugee children apart from their families, IRIN

Ali and Abdelarahmen, 15-year-old cousins from Syria, pause on one of their regular weekend walks through central Hamburg to take a selfie together in front of the Alster canal – one of their favourite spots in the German city

Israel: 'Some NGOs are seen as the enemy from the inside', Guardian

With a transparency bill proposed in the Knesset that some argue targets human rights organisations, NGOs speak out about challenges to their work. 

Disability in conflict zones: 'I told my wife to take the children and run', Guardian

When the shooting started Simplice Lenguy told his wife to take their children and run. It was 5 December 2013, and the war in Central African Republic had arrived on his doorstep. 

Trans rights: Meet the face of Nepal's progressive 'third gender' movement, Guardian

In October last year, Bhumika Shrestha touched down in Taiwan, stepped off the plane and made Nepalese history. 

Investigation: Guardian research suggests mental health crisis among aid workers, Guardian

In a survey of aid workers on the Global Development Professionals Network, 79% of staff stated they have experienced mental health issues. 

Refugees and mental health: 'These people are stronger than us', Guardian

"Some arrive and can’t sleep at all. Others arrive and immediately fall asleep for days on end,” says Pina Deiana, shouting from the front seat of a car clearly no stranger to the unforgiving roads of Sicily. 

Interactive: how does language shape your experience of the internet?, Guardian

The ability to communicate freely and access information are all promises woven into the big sell of internet connection. But how different is your experience if your mother tongue, for example, is Zulu rather than English?

The war on Görli: could cleaning up Berlin destroy the reason people love it?, Guardian

From Berliners, mention of “Görli” elicits a knowing look, somewhere between suspicion, affection and amusement. 

Eddie Izzard: There is no ‘British’ humour, Guardian

Multilingual comedian Eddie Izzard on making people laugh in another language, human sacrifice, and why comedy will never be the same again.

Women on the beat: how to get more female police officers around the world, Guardian

Female officers are key to protecting women and girls in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, but progress is slow and fraught with problems.

Reindeer herders, an app and the fight to save a language, Guardian

After decades of prejudice in Sweden, Ume Sami is spoken by fewer than 50 people. Today the last speakers have turned to technology to revive the indigenous language.