Nicola Kelly



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


  • On The Road: Armenia

    04/04/2017 Duration: 03min

    Back on the road, this time in Armenia. This one is mainly Yezidis jumping through fire, me stuck in a rainstorm trying to work and a very drunk Syrian bar owner. Photos on Facebook @nicolakellybbc.

  • BBC World Service: Attacks on Ultra-Orthodox Jews

    03/04/2017 Duration: 04min

    In the last year, there has been a 65% increase in anti-semitic attacks against ultra-Orthodox Jews in the Stamford Hill community of north-east London, including one incident in which a gas canister was thrown out the window of a passing white van and 'Heil Hitler' was shouted repeatedly. Many of the local community, including rabbis and members of Schomrim, the community police, attribute this sharp increase to the rise of populism - namely Brexit and Trump. They fear they are starting to turn inward to protect themselves, making them more closed-off than ever. I went to meet some of them at Purim, the annual Jewish festival, to hear more. *The sound quality isn't great and some of the presenter intro and outro got cut in this edit but the sense is there!*

  • BBC Radio 4 From Our Own Correspondent: The Nubian Protests

    11/03/2017 Duration: 06min

    On the Sudanese border, old Nubia lies submerged under the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Nasser. More than 100,000 displaced people have been moved to an area 300 kilometres away, but they're starting to fight back, taking to the streets to call for their right to return. I went to old Nubia to spend a few days with a family living around the lake and to new Nubia to meet activists organising the protests. Absolutely loved gathering, writing and voicing this story.

  • BBC Radio 4 From Our Home Correspondent: Syrian refugees in Glasgow

    11/03/2017 Duration: 05min

    More Syrian refugees have arrived in Glasgow than any other city in the UK. But Glasgow faces it's own problem of wide-spread homelessness, with more than 500 people sleeping rough each night. I met Ali, a new arrival who has been housed on the 19th floor of a high-rise tenement block. On the other side of the city, Brian, a local, has been sleeping in the same doorway for over 8 years as he waits for social housing. Here's my dispatch on the tensions that exist between the two men, both struggling to find their way home.

  • BBC World Service 'Newshour': The Nubian protests

    03/03/2017 Duration: 04min

    Since the damming of the Nile, more than 250,000 have been forced to leave their original homeland and move 300 kilometres north to an area called Kom Ombo. Aware that they are becoming disconnected from their roots, young people are now taking to the streets to call for their right to return. I went to meet some of the protest organisers in Kom Ombo and Abu Simbel on the Sudanese border.

  • BBC World Service News: Religious freedom in Egypt

    24/02/2017 Duration: 04min

    This is a short package of my long-form documentary on religious freedom in Egypt. It ran across World Service News programmes on Friday 24 February with a back anno to the full 27-minute doc, tx 26 February at 02.30, 10.30 and 19.30 on the BBC World Service. Listen here for the full story:

  • BBC World Service News: Drugged and raped in the field

    21/02/2017 Duration: 04min

    In an emergency setting, aid workers and journalists are prepared for a high level of risk, but until recently, the extent to which they experience sexual assault had not been fully recognised. I travelled to Geneva to meet Megan Nobert and to speak to the UN to find out how they are seeking to address this issue.

  • BBC World Update: Interview with Megan Nobert, Geneva

    21/02/2017 Duration: 04min

    Before a field posting begins, aid workers are prepared for a high level of risk. But now the threat comes from within their own ranks, with reports that international staff are being drugged and raped by their colleagues. I travelled to Geneva to meet Megan Nobert, Founder and Director of Report the Abuse and sexual violence survivor. Here is the interview that ran across BBC World Service and Radio 4 programmes.

  • BBC documentary trailer: Nubians of the Nile

    20/02/2017 Duration: 51s

    A little trailer for my BBC World Service documentary, airing on Sunday 26 February. For more details or to download the podcast, go to:

  • BBC World Service 'Newshour': Nubia's musicians

    12/02/2017 Duration: 05min

    New Facebook page to like: Photos on Twitter & Instagram: @mllenicolakelly This story ran on 'Newshour', 'Weekend' and was the BBC World Service's Story of the Day on the 'Global Update' podcast. Here's the live version. The Nubians of southern Egypt have been gradually oppressed by successive Islamic governments. Now their language and culture faces extinction. I went to meet some of the musicians and poets struggling against the state to keep their language alive through song.

  • On the Road: Egypt

    23/01/2017 Duration: 05min

    Back on the road. This time, I'm in southern Egypt, mainly eating and going to weddings. Work stuff to come soon. Twitter & Instagram: @mllenicolakelly

  • BBC World Service: two-way on elephant conservation & honey

    05/01/2017 Duration: 03min

    There's a growing number of initiatives on smallholder farms in south-east Kenya that aim to prevent elephants from being poached. I met Enzoumou, a farmer who has created a beehive fence to ensure his crops aren't trampled on and protects the welfare of the wildlife in the National Park nearby. This two-way was with Alex Ritson for the World Business Report on the World Service. I had a bad cold.

  • Soundreel 2016

    26/12/2016 Duration: 02min

    A quick round-up of some of the stories I've covered this year. Feedback would be very welcome! Twitter: @mllenicolakelly

  • BBC Radio 1 'Newsbeat': Syrian refugees in Glasgow

    17/12/2016 Duration: 02min

    Young Syrians arriving in the UK are in limbo. They're not allowed to work or return to education until they hear about the outcome of their asylum application. This is a piece I did for BBC Radio 1's 'Newsbeat', field produced and reported from Glasgow.

  • BBC World Service: From Syria to Scotland

    16/12/2016 Duration: 04min

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  • BBC World Service: honey hunting in Kenya

    08/12/2016 Duration: 04min

    In the Taita Hills of south-east Kenya, honey hunting has long been a way of life. Now, new technologies are coming in. Entrepreneurs welcome the changes, citing the potential for foreign exports to the Middle East, Europe and the US. But traditional beekeepers are resistant, convinced that the quality and quantity of the honey will be vastly reduced. This piece ran across Newsday's daily morning programmes and World Update on 25 November 2016.

  • BBC World Service: motorbike midwives in Kenya

    04/12/2016 Duration: 04min

    In the 'desert badlands' of Kenya's interior close to the border with Somalia, maternal mortality rates are at an all-time high. Motorbikes are now being offered to traditional birth attendants to encourage them to bring women to health facilities - and to abandon harmful practices passed down through the generations. This report was for 'Health Check' on the World Service.

  • BBC World Service: Chinese 'land grabbers' in Kenya's slums

    14/11/2016 Duration: 06min

    In Kenya, Chinese businesses have been investing heavily in recent years, building roads and train lines. The influx of Chinese migrant labour has led to some tensions, with the local population and accusations of 'land grabbing'. Now these Chinese entrepreneurs are turning to the slum areas around Nairobi, seeking to improve relations with education and outreach programmes. I went to meet some of those living and working in the Mathare slums to hear their views.

  • BBC Radio 4 'From Our Own Correspondent': Ethiopia's futurologists

    06/10/2016 Duration: 05min

    Among the Borena tribe in southern Ethiopia, there are three methods for predicting the future. Communities believe that village elders have the rare ability to read goat's intestines, the stars and the leaves to determine when disease, famine and war will occur. In Yabelo, I met Dalacha Dabasa, Doyo Huka and Sanou, three village elders known throughout Ethiopia for their accurate predictions.

  • BBC World Service: solar panels save lives in Kenya

    28/09/2016 Duration: 04min

    NB: The sound quality is cringe-worthy. New mics now. In remote rural Kenya, most hospitals and health centres work off-grid, with frequent power failures. Life support machines go off, babies are born in the dark using the light from mobile phones and medicines go bad in refrigerators. Solar panels are helping to save lives in these communities, replacing expensive gas cylinders. I went to meet some of the doctors and patients benefiting from this new technology.

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