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Nicola Kelly

Reporter for the BBC World Service & BBC Radio 4. Here are my stories - and some on the road stuff.

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Reporter for the BBC World Service & BBC Radio 4. Here are my stories - and some on the road stuff.

Soundreel 2018

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Here's a cut of some of my work from 2018, mostly taken from my foreign trips to Algeria, Serbia, the US, Italy and Norway. All of these clips were originally broadcast on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. Enjoy!

Mar 11 2019

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Trailer: How to live to 100, BBC News

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Mar 11 2019

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BBC Radio 4: FooC dispatch from south-west Algeria

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Here's my little story about the wonderful Zorgan Laroussi, my host and Dad for a week in south-west Algeria. I'm really fond of him, so thought I'd give his tale of love and loss some airtime. Enjoy...

Apr 21 2018

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Trailer: Fantasies, BBC World Service

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Here's a quick trailer for my programme on fantasies. On air on Monday 16 April on the BBC World Service.

Apr 14 2018

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World Service package: Western Sahara's Champion Athlete

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Apr 05 2018

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Trailer: Western Sahara's Champion Athlete, BBC World Service & Radio 4

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Here's the trailer for my new programme, on air in late April/early May 2018.

Mar 23 2018

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Trailer: Hypnotism, BBC World Service

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Hypnotism: Why would anyone allow a complete stranger to access their mind?

Running live from Monday 5 February 2018 and available on the BBC World Service podcast.

Jan 31 2018

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Soundreel 2017

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Pick of the crop 2017.

Dec 17 2017

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BBC Radio 4: Taken hostage in Ethiopia

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As part of this series of 'Feedback' on Radio 4(which I'm currently producing)we've set up a regular segment on a radio report or programme that has changed a listener's life. For this couple, radio didn't just alter their life course; it helped them to survive.

In 1984, Rob and Eeva John took a long weekend break to Lalibela in the north of Ethiopia, where they were taken hostage by an armed rebel faction. At the time, the world's attention was focused on the famine further south. Nobody knew they were being held - or so they thought. They managed to smuggle a tiny crackly transistor radio through and heard their names mentioned on the BBC World Service. From there, they knew they were safe. This is their story.

Nov 25 2017

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Zanzibar package: BBC Radio 4 & WS

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Here's the short version of my programme on mental health in Zanzibar in case you haven't got 26 minutes free to listen to the full programme.

Oct 21 2017

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BBC Radio 4: Zanzibar dispatch 'From Our Own Correspondent'

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Zanzibar's mental health system is on the verge of collapse. I travelled across the island and met spiritual healers making a profit from the mental torment affecting thousands of people on this tiny island.

This dispatch was the lead story on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service's 'From Our Own Correspondent', tx 14/10/17.

Oct 14 2017

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BBC documentary trailer: Zanzibar Spirits and Psychiatry

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With only one psychiatrist and thousands of mentally-ill patients, Zanzibar is on the cusp of a mental health crisis. I travelled to the archipelago to meet some of those afflicted by psychotic, neurological and psycho-social disorders. What I found was mass mistreatment and exploitation at the hands of profiteering exorcists and herbalists. It makes for disturbing but compelling listening.

Here's the trailer for my programme, which will run in mid-October on the BBC World Service.

Sep 27 2017

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On the Road: Myanmar

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Back on the road, in northern Myanmar.

This was, without doubt, the most challenging trip I've ever done, but along the way, I met Naw San, a 19 year old heroin and meth addict. I followed his story, meeting his family and going back to visit his school. We didn't end up using it in the final programme, so here it is!

To hear the full programme, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p057w3f6

Jul 30 2017

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BBC Radio 4 'World at One': Myanmar pkg

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Jul 19 2017

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BBC Radio 4 FooC: Myanmar's Drug Vigilantes

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The lives of a vigilante anti-drug squad leader, a jade mine tycoon and a heroin addict intertwine.

This was the lead dispatch on BBC Radio 4's 'From Our Own Correspondent' on 13 July.

To hear the full programme, go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p057w3f6

Jul 17 2017

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BBC World Service: Iranians in Armenia

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In the past few years, Iranians have flocked to Armenia to celebrate big festivals like Nowruz, or Persian New Year. I went to meet some of them as they took their first trip over the border from Iran to let their hair down, have a drink and dance until dawn.

Jul 04 2017

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BBC 'Assignment' documentary trailer

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Here's the trailer (or billboard) for my documentary from Myanmar, scheduled to run from Thursday 13 July. It has been a labour of love. Hope you enjoy the full piece. I'll stick the link to up here once it has been broadcast.

Jun 28 2017

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BBC Radio 4: FooC Yezidis in Armenia

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When the so-called Islamic State encircled and slaughtered more than 5,000 Yezidis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, those who could fled. Lesser known are the handful of Yezidis who travelled to Armenia to seek sanctuary in rural communities like the one I visited, Araks.

This piece ran on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 20 May 2017.

May 22 2017

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BBC Business: Trading Syrian goods in Armenia

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Since the conflict in Syria started, more than 20,000 native Syrian Armenians have settled in Yerevan and the surrounding areas, setting up businesses in the service industry.

Unfortunately they haven't always been welcomed by Armenians, due to the impact the added competition has had on their profits.
I've changed the names to protect identities and run a lot of traditional accordion music underneath because I'm quite a fan.

Apr 20 2017

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BBC World Service: Armenia's Yezidis

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When the so-called Islamic State encircled and slaughtered over 5,000 people, those who could fled to the refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

Lesser known are those who made the arduous journey to Armenia, seeking sanctuary among their fellow Yezidis.

I travelled to the south of the country to meet some of them.

Apr 13 2017

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