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Henry Wilkins

I'm a British journalist based in Burkina Faso, West Africa. I'm HEFAT certified and write for outlets like The Economist, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, Reuters,  BBC, The Atlantic, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, OZY, 1843, Voice of America and Vice News. 

My photo work has appeared in many of the above outlets as well as the British Journal of Photography, Men's Health, De Standaard, The New Internationalist, NME and Vice.

In TV and radio, I’ve appeared on BBC World Service, France 24 and CBC Radio and shot news for Al Jazeera English and Voice of America. I’ve also worked with Showtime and Vice News as a local producer.

Aside from Burkina Faso, I’ve reported from the UK, France, Spain, Togo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Sudan, usually covering security and humanitarian crisis and, occasionally, off-beat culture.

 
English

In May 2020, I shot a news piece for Al Jazeera English. The subject was Fatoumata, a girl, who like 350,000 other children, lost access to education in Burkina Faso due to the ongoing conflict.


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In February 2021, I profiled a former child bride who fled her 54-year-old husband and now mentors other child marriage survivors for Voice of America.


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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


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Audio

II 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.


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In January 2021, I shot a piece for VoA on the many children in Burkina Faso forced to leave school following threats by Islamic militants and work in the country’s informal gold mines, where they are at risk of accidents.


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