Biography

Rory O’Keeffe

International journalist, humanitarian, author and analyst, Rory O’Keeffe is an experienced expert commentator on the Middle East, North Africa and the international refugee situation.

After 15 years in journalism, during which he covered floods, riots, General Elections, economic crises, war, housing and immigration, he moved to Tunisia, then Libya, late in 2011, to perform political analysis and raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis caused by the Libyan Civil War.

Since then, he has worked in an advisory and communications role for a UK political party, and simultaneously in communications and political analysis for international aid organisations. He also trains aid workers in media skills, and runs training sessions for trainee journalists.

He is a listed BBC expert on North Africa and the Middle East, and his media work includes Al Jazeera, BBC and BBC World Service, Sky TV, as well as a number of magazines, newspapers and radio broadcasters.

His first book, The Toss of a Coin: voices from a modern crisis, tells the story behind the Tunisian Revolution and Libyan Civil War. It is part reportage, part historical and political analysis and contains the first-hand accounts of refugees from all over Africa and the Middle East, told in their own words.

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