TV Radio News Reports

UN warns 100,000 could die of starvation in North-East Nigeria

Orla Fagan is spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in studio with Richard Crowley on RTE Radio 1 during the week. (Thursday 29th December 2016 at 1pm)

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UN Radio interview 

‘The UNs Orla Fagan, on the conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Government, and the unfolding humanitarian crisis.’

Orla speaking to This Week’s Richard Crowley about the Nigerian conflict live from Nigeria on RTE Radio 1 earlier today. [20th November 2016]


UN Radio interview

A “forgotten crisis” is taking place in north-eastern Nigeria which the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) warns could be the worst on the African continent. Seven years of insecurity sparked by the terrorist group Boko Haram has affected up to 15 million people in four states, leading to mass displacement. It has also caused a major food shortage as agricultural production has stalled. As a result, some 400,000 children face starvation. Dianne Penn asked OCHA Public Information Officer Órla Fagan about the extent of the crisis.

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Greek Refugee Crisis (2016)

800,000 refugees and migrants travelled through the island of Lesbos, Greece in 2015. It has a population of just 90,000 people. The social, political and economic impact is explored in this documentary by Orla Fagan.

With the political situation in Turkey disintegrating, the civil war in Syria escalating and in light of latest reports of safe corridors being opened to civilians in Syria. A surge in more refugees fleeing to Greece seems inevitable, the numbers waiting to escape Syria currently stands at 6.6 million. How long can Greece sustain this pressure with their own economy in full blown crisis? Resources are now bursting at the seams with little or no support from Europe. The Greek word Philoxenia doesn’t even begin to describe the Greek’s ‘generosity of spirit to strangers’.
Critically, why has the rest of Europe failed so miserably in accepting the quota they promised so vociferously in the EU Relocation Programme? So far, Ireland has accepted just one Syrian family (a family of 10), of the 4,000 quota pledged under the relocation scheme. Only 500 refugees in total have been accepted by Ireland through various other schemes. (reference) 
From an Irish perspective, this documentary is quite an eye opener; an island roughly the size of Kerry is caught in a political trap. Could we be looking at the most shameful chapter in European History?


Orla Fagan reporting Live from  the Philippines November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan  CNN NEWS

Typhoon  Haiyan Wall Street Journal TV

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says it needs a lot more money to fund the relief effort in the Philippines. WSJ’s Deborah Kan speaks to OCHA’s Orla Fagan


rte radio 1 logoIrish aid worker Orla Fagan is based in the Philippines and she tells John this morning about civet coffee produced in an unusual manner using civet cats. [ 30/09/14 ] You can follow Orla on her blog at

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