Henry Wilkins is a British multimedia journalist renowned for his extensive coverage of The Sahel region of Africa. Based in the Mumbai region of India, Wilkins is HEFAT certified and has a diverse portfolio that includes creating content for television and radio, primarily for Voice of America. His expertise has also led him to appear on international networks such as BBC World Service, France 24, CBC Radio, and Al Jazeera. Wilkins's journalistic contributions extend to writing for prestigious outlets like The Economist, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, Reuters, BBC, The Atlantic, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, and Vice News. His photojournalism has been featured in many of these publications as well as in the British Journal of Photography, De Standaard, The New Internationalist, NME, and Vice. With a career that has seen him based in Burkina Faso and reporting from numerous countries including Israel and the Occupied Territories, the UK, France, Spain, Chad, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi, Ivory Coast, and South Sudan, Wilkins has consistently covered security and humanitarian crises. His reporting has illuminated the transformation of wildlife reserves into battlegrounds, the complexities of democratic processes in places like Morocco, and the harsh realities of child labor in informal gold mines. Through his work, Wilkins has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to uncovering the multifaceted political, armed conflict, and social issues that shape West Africa and beyond.
The U.N. is preparing for more than 860,000 people to flee the fighting in Sudan, and neighbor Chad has already received more than 30,000 refugees. Aid groups struggling to cope with the sudden influx say they will have to stop aid in Chad altogether this month if they do not receive more funding, as Henry Wilkins reports from Koufroune, Chad.
At a refugee encampment in eastern Chad, Sudanese children say Janjaweed militias in Darfur have made them orphans in recent months. As media and rights organizations continue to report atrocities, reporter Henry Wilkins speaks to the children who are left to fend for themselves in a foreign country with little help.
In March 2020, I profiled the prominent Burkinabe vigilante, Boureima Nadbanka, who had recently been accused of orchestrating the Yirgou Massacre, which killed as many as 200 people.
In September 2020 I reported for the WaPo on wildlife rangers driven out of the country’s nature reserves by armed groups. Poaching has increased as a result. Rangers and conservation groups told me they feared the West African lion could disappear.
A data driven piece I did for Al Jazeera on the decline in fatalities in Burkina Faso's war over the previous year.
In January 2020, I worked as local producer on a documentary for Vice News and Showtime - ‘Terror in the Sahel’. With journalist Ben Anderson, I travelled to Burkina Faso’s north, set up interviews, found locations and greased the wheels of the whole prod
I spoke to the BBC World Service about an attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Arbinda, Burkina Faso, which saw dozens of civilians killed, especially women.