I am an award winning journalist, editor and researcher with more than five years of experience in journalism publishing, and social media marketing. I work as a foreign correspondent, producer and fixer for a variety of media organisations and international human rights organisations from the UK, the USA, Germany, Finland, Switzerland and others; and I have reported from Greece and the wider Balkan region. I have built a reputation of valid and trustworthy reporting that is trusted by thousands. Through my social media presence I have managed to create a wide network of contacts and resources. I focus on humanitarian reporting and politics and my expertise is in migration and refugee issues, European politics, gender and feminism (especially reproductive rights in the USA), and social movements and protests. In 2017 my story ‘EU-Turkey Deal Fails to Stop Refugee Flow‘ published on Deutsche Welle won a prize at the European Migration Media Award. I am also a member of the National Union of Journalists (UK). In 2015 I was part of the production of 'Macedonia: Tracking Down the Refugee Kidnap Gangs' which won the Foreign Press Association Award for News Story of the Year and Royal Television Society for the Independent Award. My book 'Crossing Lines - Climbing Walls: Critical Perspectives on Migration in the 21st Century' will be published in the Spring of 2018. I have a BA in Mediterranean Studies (International Relations and Organisations), University of the Aegean, Greece and a MA in International Relations (Security Studies), University of Birmingham, UK.
Refugees continue to cross the Balkan route into Europe that the EU-Turkey deal was meant to cut off. Smugglers show the way.
Thousands of refugees are still stranded in Idomeni. Children here have witnessed traumatic events - from war at home to horrible conditions at the camp, facing an uncertain future.
Following the fire that destroyed a large part of the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, life seems to be back to normal - but not for everyone.
A year after the EU-Turkey Deal came into force, thousands of refugees remain stranded in Greece. The most desperate try to reach Europe by any means.
Border closures within the EU strand refugees in Greece, interview for CBC's As it Happens. Thousands of refugees fleeing Afghanistan and Syria have arrived in Greece only to be trapped there as Europe's borders close around them. Greek freelance journalist Mariana Karakoulaki is in a refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece
Chaos and desperation at the Greek-Macedonian border for DW.com Tensions are rising in Idomeni with more than 7,000 refugees - mainly from Syria and Iraq - trapped between Greece and Macedonia. When refugees hurled stones and broke a fence, police fired tear gas.
Die EU behandelt die Flüchtlingskrise als militärisches Problem. Die Folgen: Neue Schlepperrouten entstehen, Flüchtlinge werden hemmungslos ausgebeutet und immer mehr Menschen sterben in der Ägäis. Op-Ed regarding the militarisation of the refugee crisis in German for N-TV.