I am a freelance journalist based in Barcelona since January 2016. I cover Europe and write features for international media. In the last months, my work has appeared in Al JazeeraNew StatesmanInternazionaleUSA TodayInformation and Expresso, among others. Currently, I am also working on a long-term journalistic project about citizen political activism, democracy and human rights in Europe thanks to an Open Society Fellowship.

Between 2012 and 2014, I was based in Istanbul and covered Turkey and the region for El País. Then I also contributed to media like GlobalPostThe IndependentFolha de Sao PauloEl Universal and AFP.

Earlier, I had been based in East Africa since 2009. I first covered the region for Spanish news agency Efe, and from 2011 for El País. Back then, I also contributed to IRINJane’s and, in Spanish, Periodismo HumanoForeign Policy (now esglobal) and Radio France International, among others.

In July 2012, my feature ‘A la horca con 14 años’ (‘To the Gallows at 14’), about a child sentenced to death in South Sudan, won the Dario D’Angelo Award, given by the Marco Luchetta Foundation.

I have reported from Turkey, Syria, Iraq, India, Somalia, Egypt, South Sudan, Ruanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, the DR Congo, Mauritania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Spain and Estonia.

During 2015 I took a break from journalism and worked as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer for Doctors Without Borders in the South Kivu province of the DR Congo.


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