Andrew Harding is a British journalist and author. He has been living and working abroad as a foreign correspondent for the past 28 years. Since 1994 he has been working for BBC News.
He began his career in Moscow in 1991 as a freelancer, working for IRN, NBC Radio, Monitor Radio, FSN, The Evening Standard and later for The Guardian and The Economist. Since then he has lived in Tbilisi, Nairobi, Singapore, Bangkok, and for the past 7 years in Johannesburg. He was an expat child, which may explain the itch to travel. He is married with three sons.
Andrew has covered many International events, from the end of the Soviet Union and Russia's parliamentary rebellion to the Asian tsunami and west Africa's Ebola outbreak. By accident, rather than design, much of his work has been in conflict zones - in Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Burma, Darfur, DR Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, South Sudan, Cote D'Ivoire, CAR, Burundi, Uganda, Libya and elsewhere.
Andrew has been visiting Somalia since 2000, and was in Mogadishu during the height of the battle against the Islamist militants of Al Shabab and during the famine of 2011. He is one of the very few foreign journalists to have travelled into territory controlled by Al Shabab and met their commanders, or to have visited (twice) the pirate town of Eyl.
Andrew has been living in South Africa since 2009. He reported on the Oscar Pistorius trial in Pretoria it was that experience that prompted him to search for another murder case that might dig deeper under the skin of modern South Africa. Early in 2016 he read about an incident in the Free State and decided to investigate. The result, three years later, was a BBC radio series and podcast, and his new book, These Are Not Gentle People.
Andrew has won numerous awards for his journalism. In 2014 his coverage of the war in the Central African Republic won an Emmy in New York, and two awards at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. His reporting from Burma won an Amnesty Human Rights award in 2006. In 2004 he won a share of a Peabody Award for the BBC's coverage of Darfur, and his work from northern Uganda won him a British Foreign Press Award and a Prix Bayeux for War Reporting.
Here’s a link to the BBC podcast, The K Word, on the same topic as his new book:
You can find Andrew's old BBC blog here: http://www.bbc.com/news/correspondents/andrewharding/
An older link to a story about Tarzan, the main character in his book: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20313298