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Fragkiska Megaloudi

Journalist/Writer

I am a journalist and researcher covering humanitarian crisis around the globe, including refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, as well as the consequences of the austerity cuts in southern Europe and specifically in Greece, my country of origin. I studied History and Archaeology in Greece and modern History in France. I hold a master degree in environmental studies and a PhD in Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France). From 2004 to 2009 I was a lecturer of Anthropology at the Department of Mediterranean Studies at the University of the Aegean (Greece) and at the Department of Cultural studies at the University of Western Australia (Perth). My work was featured in IRIN Asia and West Africa, Al Jazeera, the Spiegel, the Guardian Development Network, Devex and I have contributed in materials published by Universities (such as the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University), also UN agencies and aid Organizations. I have worked for the UN and other international agencies as Communications Coordinator and consultant in the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh, Uganda, Jordan. From July to December 2015 I lived and worked in Northeast Nigeria reporting on the Boko Haram conflict. From June 2012 to March 2014 I lived and worked in DPRK (North Korea). I am an author of a book “In the Land of Kim- two years in North Korea” that was published in Greek in December 2016 (currently on fourth edition).
The 'Unwanted Migrants' - EU's Failed Migration

The 'Unwanted Migrants' - EU's Failed Migration Policies

Europe needs a multilateral approach in order to deal with economic migration and a clear recognition that migration from Africa will not cease but will continue to grow under the pressure of demographics and financial inequality.
23/11/2015 15:58 GMT
A Hand in the Water Is Not Like a Hand in the

A Hand in the Water Is Not Like a Hand in the Fire

Since 2011, when the Syrian crisis begun, gradually developing into a civil war (nurtured by internal as well as external forces) the number of dead is estimated around 220,000. It is important to clarify that there is no way to ascertain that number. The UN ceased publishing their own estimates by 2014 as there was no way to verify the actual numbers.
10/11/2015 08:57 GMT
A Foreigner in North Korea: A Personal Account of My Two Years Living in

A Foreigner in North Korea: A Personal Account of My Two Years Living in Pyongyang

North Korea (or DPRK) remains misunderstood by the outside world, partly due to the lack of access by foreign journalists and researchers but also because public opinion about the country has been shaped by overused stereotyping narratives and images. But what I experienced during those two years in DPRK, had nothing to do with the standard stereotypes.
27/03/2015 08:32 GMT
Hunger Striker Kostas Sakkas: When Justice Is

Hunger Striker Kostas Sakkas: When Justice Is Blind

While the Greek political system is being plunged into the waters of corruption, immorality and inefficacy and Greeks are reeling under the weight of salary slashes, a rising tax burden and euro zone's highest unemployment rate, hunger striker and anarchist, Kostas Sakkas, continues to be illegally detained, amid growing fears of his deteriorating health.
08/07/2013 16:36 BST
When Water Is for Sale: What Water Privatisation Really

When Water Is for Sale: What Water Privatisation Really Means

The privatisation of state water companies around the world almost always has one common denominator: it is made ​​under the pressure of international lenders in countries with large debt or under the pressure of multinational corporations and politicians in countries with a strong economy.
04/06/2013 13:01 BST
Growing Police Brutality in Greece: The Hidden Face of the

Growing Police Brutality in Greece: The Hidden Face of the Crisis

As startling images of Greeks struggling to get bags of free distributed vegetables make the headlines in the international media, it's becoming evident that the crisis in the country has now overpassed vulnerable groups of people and is taking over the once thriving middle class.
07/02/2013 17:53 GMT
Gay People Living in Fear in

Gay People Living in Fear in Greece

Although Greece has antidiscrimination laws protecting gays in employment, there are no hate crimes per se in its criminal code. Very few cases are being reported to the police because gay men and women fear further discrimination.
25/11/2012 23:28 GMT