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Andrea Elliott and Sally Hayden talk to Matthew d’Ancona

Reporting on Hidden Populations: Investigative Journalism at its Best

Hay Festival 2022 , 

In Hayden’s book Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route she follows the shocking experiences of refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe and surveys the bigger picture: the negligence of NGOs and corruption within the United Nations; the economics of the 21st-century slave trade and the EU’s bankrolling of Libyan militias; the trials of people smugglers, the frustrations of aid workers, the loopholes refugees seek out and the role of social media in crowdfunding ransoms. Who was accountable for the abuse? Where were the people finding solutions? Why wasn't it being widely reported?

Andrea Elliott’s book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in New York City has just won the Pulitzer Prize 2022 for General Non-Fiction. In a tour de force of immersive reporting, Elliott follows eight years in the life of Dasani Coates, a homeless girl in New York City whose tight-knit family confronts hunger, violence, racism, and punitive government systems with deep historical roots. When Dasani finally escapes the city, she faces an impossible question: What if leaving poverty means abandoning the family you love?

These two award-winning journalists have investigated, with humanity and deep reportage, communities that are hidden from view, encountering stories of people who have made unimaginable choices, risking everything to survive systems that want them to be silent. Hayden and Elliott are speaking to the former Editor of The Spectator, Matthew d’Ancona.

Andrea Elliott and Sally Hayden talk to Matthew d’Ancona