Colin Freeman

How did my children become more middle class than me?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

In a café in Norfolk last week, my seven-year-old son uttered words that mortified me. No, he didn’t comment loudly…

Revealed: Boko Haram’s child army

29 June 2019 9:00 am

In the rush to declare Isis dead now that its caliphate has been routed from Iraq and Syria, it’s easy…

Pirates of the Caribbean: How Venezuela’s near collapse is causing a crisis on the seas

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Brian Austin, a fisherman from the small village of Cedros in Trinidad, is struggling to describe the men who robbed…

Marie Colvin, a year before her death. [Rex Features]

For Marie Colvin, mortal danger was what made life worth living

1 December 2018 9:00 am

When Britain finally lowered the flag in the Iraqi city of Basra in 2007, the army’s top brass valiantly claimed…

Homage to Ambazonia: The battle over language has begun in Cameroon

27 October 2018 9:00 am

 Calabar, Nigeria Simon Ngwa is a gentle and polite man, and he apologised to me first for what he was…

The EU is sending migrants home – into the hands of people smugglers

21 July 2018 9:00 am

What to do about illegal migration from Africa into Europe? The EU’s repatriation programme seems at first like a great…

Amazing grace

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Last week, Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo, aka ‘The Master’, was finally caught and shot by the Nigerian army. Oyawerikumo and his Egbesu…

Liberians so love the murderous Charles Taylor they want his ex-wife to rule

4 November 2017 9:00 am

James Sackie would make a good frontman for a campaign to help ex-child soldiers. At the age of 17, he…

Exodus from Gambia

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A ticket to paradise comes very cheap in Gambia — as long as you’re headed in the right direction. Thomas…

Mercenaries could transform the fight against Isis – if we let them

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Last Sunday Isis raised their black flag over Palmyra. Below the flag, in the days that followed, the usual carnage…