Terry Ally
Terry Ally is an award-winning investigative environmental journalist who has covered numerous emergencies and disasters.

A Caribbean journalist, Terry, has received numerous national and Caribbean-wide awards for his reporting on the environment. These include the Pan American Health Organisation's Excellence in Health Journalism award as well as the Barbados Governor-General's Award for the Environment which was conferred by two consecutive Governors General. He’s also won a Reuters Foundation Fellowship in Environmental News Reporting at Green College, Oxford. Through his investigative environmental reporting, food laws in Barbados were changed to protect consumers. His work also led to the environment being placed firmly on the national agenda.

He has worked in radio, newspaper, magazine, wire service and online journalism covering events throughout the English speaking Caribbean. Terry was also the Public Information Manager for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency covering 16 Caribbean countries, as UNICEF UK's Senior Media Officer for International Programmes and Emergencies and Plan International's Global Press Officer for Emergencies and Disasters. He is now the Press Officer for the Evangelical Alliance UK.

The views expressed in his blogs are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the organisation he works for or worked for.

Entries by Terry Ally

Deadly Mosquitoes En Route to Britain

(0) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (09:36)

Waking up this morning to the news that a plague of mosquitos carrying deadly diseases is headed for Britain fills me with dread.

The mosquito Aedes aegytpi sends shivers down my spine but to read that...

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Incredible But True: Sahara Dust Can Bring Not Just Haze But Also Disease

(0) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (12:39)

Huge clouds of Saharan dust arriving in the UK may not only make the place hazy or smoggy but it could also bring upper respiratory tract infections such as asthma, runny noses, itchy eyes, and breathing difficulties. It is not the actual dust that impacts the health of humans but...

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Hurray for World Vision! Round One to the World's Impoverished Children - Or Not?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2014 | (12:40)

After fighting hard, being the trailblazer for Christian organisations rights to hire and fire on faith basis and opposing USAID's attempt - just two years ago - to "strongly encourage" faith-based contractors to stop discriminating against LGBT people in order to receive federal funding, one wonders what went wrong in...

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Hurricane Sandy - a Disaster That Could Have Been Avoided?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2012 | (16:06)

I understand what New Yorkers are going through after being battered by Hurricane Sandy. I understand what Jamaicans and Cubans went through when Sandy made a direct hit on both islands. I understand the helplessness that Haitians feel after being inundated by flood waters from the outer rain bands of...

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Girls Can Do it - Give Them a Chance

(0) Comments | Posted 12 October 2012 | (11:36)

The London Eye lit pink

The London eye was one of several landmarks around the world that was lit pink to mark the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child

The shocking news on Tuesday of the attempted assassination of a child...

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Hunger for Education Among Displaced Malian Students

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2012 | (16:37)

He travelled two days by canoe down the Niger River and then 12 hours by bus to the town of Segou, 230km northeast of the capital, where he heard there were catch-up classes.

Oumar, 16, was preparing for exams when insurgents overran his historic town of Timbuktu. The town was...

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Sahel Food Crisis Diary: Mali Children Flock to Gold Mines and Street Begging

(0) Comments | Posted 14 September 2012 | (17:03)

The words leapt off the page at me: "The increase of child labour (due to the food crisis) was believed to largely be in the areas of domestic work (primarily affecting girls) and work in mines (affecting slightly more boys than girls). Child protection concerns surrounding domestic labour and mining...

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Sahel Food Crisis Diary - Children Find Unexpected benefits in Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2012 | (11:03)

The unmistakeable happy voices of children floated across the arid desert air in the Tabarey-barey refugee camp in Niger.

As I got out of the car, I followed the sound to some buildings made of straw. The makeshift structures were schools set up by Plan International. Inside the first class...

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Sahel Food Crisis Diary - A Tuareg's Search and Rescue Mission

(1) Comments | Posted 12 September 2012 | (00:00)

As the plane flew over Niger the familiar sight of the red desert sand and arid environment came into view. I was here two years ago when the new government declared a food crisis emergency and appealed for international assistance.

Then, when we stepped out of the airport and drove...

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Sahel Farmers Conceptualise Ways to Eliminate Hunger

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2012 | (23:02)

The "lean season" is a normal part of the life of farming communities in Africa's Sahel region.

Even in the best of years, there is still that period between the granaries reaching dangerously low levels and the next harvest when their income spikes, from the sale of the agricultural produce.

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Kicked Out of School At 14, Aissa Searches for Job Opportunities

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2012 | (01:05)


I would like to earn my own money so I do not have to rely on food aid anymore

She is a very intelligent, articulate and eloquent teenager. No matter how fast or tough a question I pose to the group...
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Record Rainfall Triggers Floods Across Niger

(1) Comments | Posted 21 August 2012 | (00:48)

Severe flooding has reached the capital Niamey over the holy Islamic Ramadan holiday weekend of Eid-ul-Fitr displacing thousands of people and destroying numerous homes. Just over 161mmrain fell overnight Saturday 19 August 2012.

It comes just two weeks after half a year's worth of rain fell in the Dossa Region...

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Worried Nigeriens Ponder: What's Next?

(2) Comments | Posted 21 August 2012 | (00:00)


Torrential flood waters demolishing every house in its path

In the space of 10 months, Niger has been hit by a food crisis brought on by high market prices and poor harvests, a refugee crisis triggered by conflict in neighbouring Mali, followed by...

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What African Farmers Could Teach Their American Counterparts About Drought

(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2012 | (17:02)

The poster image of drought - the caked brown dirt and withered crops - could easily be mistaken for some part of Africa had the caption not read 'USA'. The relatives of a colleague are on the frontline of this drought - said to be the worst in half a...

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