An Open Invitation to all Romanians and Bulgarians – Please Come to the UK

An opinion piece for Hotnews/Contributors.ro, Romania’s top news website published in January 2013. This satirical comment was hugely popular, registering over 4,300 likes on Facebook and around 32,000 visitors, plus creating heated debates online – http://www.contributors.ro/editorial/an-open-invitation-to-all-romanians-and-bulgarians-please-come-to-the-uk/ An Open Invitation to all Romanians and Bulgarians – Please Come to the UK As a British citizen, I would […]

New life for Bucharest strays in therapy for disabled

A feature showing how stray dogs are trained to help mentally disabled children communicate and empathise in Romania. Online at http://www.thediplomat.ro/articol.php?id=1644 New life for Bucharest strays in therapy for disabled Facing death after a near-fatal car accident, Romanian street dog Gigica is now playing in therapy sessions with mentally handicapped children Five-year old Costin is […]

Romania’s first guide dog shut out from city

A feature showing the prejudice against guide dogs in Bucharest. Published in ‘The Diplomat – Bucharest’ http://www.thediplomat.ro/articol.php?id=1645 Romania’s first guide dog shut out from city Golden Labrador Chloe helps blind city resident Gabi Nicolescu move around the streets of Bucharest – but shops, hotels, taxis and buses ban them from going further Around the blocks, […]

Secret Life of the Romanian Dog

An investigation into the environmental and social crisis of millions of stray dogs in Romania –  published in ‘The Diplomat – Bucharest’ in December 2010 – http://www.thediplomat.ro/articol.php?id=1642 Secret life of the Romanian dog Charities are sterilising Bucharest’s tens of thousands of stray dogs, but first they must catch the crafty hounds – in a fearless […]

Missile shield raises new nuclear arms race fears

An exclusive story on Iran’s response to Romania’s decision to host an American missile shield on its territory published in ‘The Diplomat – Bucharest’ in March 2010 – Link below: http://www.thediplomat.ro/articol.php?id=905 Missile shield raises new nuclear arms race fears Iran hits back at US plans to hold a missile shield on Romanian soil, stoking fears […]

Mental Healthcare in Need of Treatment

An investigation into how widescale mental health reform in Romania has been ignored by the authorities. This feature required undercover reporting as many healthcare institutions do not allow journalists into their buildings. This was published in April 2010 for ‘The Diplomat – Bucharest’ magazine – http://www.thediplomat.ro/print2.php?id=1022 Mental healthcare in need of treatment Underfunded, overcrowded, ignored, […]

Romania NGO funding crisis risks rise in HIV infections

An investigation into how a funding crisis for NGOs carrying out direct care on the street for heroin addicts could provoke a rise in new cases of HIV In Bucharest, Romania. Since this article appeared, its predictions have sadly come true. In 2012 there was a 200 per cent increase in the the number of […]