Oliver Poole is an award-winning Foreign Correspondent for the Evening Standard and Independent titles. In his career he has reported from war zones including Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq, where he was based during the worst years of the civil war. He has written two books, "Red Zone: Five Bloody Years in Baghdad' and 'Black Knights: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad'. He was previously a Foreign Reporter for The Daily Telegraph, and has written for the BBC, Guardian, Times and South China Morning Post.
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22 December 2013 12:00 AM
His rapt commentary has gripped sports fans for almost 50 years, but last night it was the man behind the microphone who was centre of attention as tributes flowed in for David Coleman, the veteran broadcaster who has died aged 87.
11 December 2013 06:13 PM
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Rebuilding lives, after the conflict: How traumatised youngsters in the Central African Republic can hope to return to a normal life thanks to Independent readers
13 November 2013 06:31 PM
Brutalised former child soldiers in the lawless Central African Republic are being helped to reintegrate into the community thanks to centres funded by an Independent appeal
12 May 2013 07:20 PM
A child soldier rescued from a rebel militia group in the Central African Republic by Unicef before being forcibly re-recruited has been stoned to death by a mob, it has emerged.
03 January 2013 06:13 PM
Providing economic self-sufficiency is the key final stage in Unicef’s rehabilitation programme for rescued child soldiers
29 December 2012 12:42 AM
Boxing Day saw the rescue of 64 former child soldiers, as rebels advanced on the capital of the Central African Republic. But Unicef’s rehabilitation work with them has only just begun
21 December 2012 04:37 PM
How Unicef helps release child soldiers and reintegrate them into civilian life
20 December 2012 05:54 PM
Unicef are doing vital work rehabilitating child soldiers in the north of the Central African Republic, but rebel activity and a lack of funds put the future of the project in doubt
13 December 2012 06:59 PM
In theory the rebel groups are fighting the Government. In reality they're battling for dominance of the diamonds, and they see children as the ideal warriors
01 November 2012 03:41 PM
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