Main content

Invasion of the Seagulls

An account of a new and brutal airborne invasion of Rome, plus despatches from Gaza, Cyprus, Sierra Leone and China.

Despatches by reporters around the world. In this edition, Chris Morris, who was in Gaza twenty years ago, returns to chronicle how things 'have got worse, much worse'. Claudia Hammond, in Cyprus, on the latest attempts to find out what happened to those who went missing decades ago during fighting between the island's Greek and Turkish communities. Tim Mansel is in Sierra Leone amid growing alarm over the spread of the Ebola virus in west Africa. Why a seagull observed in Vatican City could be a disturbing omen for peace - that's from Alan Johnston and Petroc Trelawny finds out where the newly-weds like to go in Guangzhou, one of China's fastest-developing cities.

Available now

30 minutes


  • Chris Morris – Gaza impressions

    20 years ago who’d have guessed what it’d be like today?

    Duration: 05:13

  • Claudia Hammond – Cyprus conflict 40 years on

    Still waiting for a knock on the door, 4 decades after their relatives went missing

    Duration: 05:34

  • Petroc Trelawny – Where time had stood still

    Shamian Island’s old charm, a reassuring backdrop to the dynamism of Guangzhou

    Duration: 05:34

  • Tim Mansel – The spread of Ebola

    The spectre of Ebola hanging over those in Sierra Leone

    Duration: 05:17

  • Alan Johnston – Invasion of the seagulls

    Another brutal invasion in the eternal city of Rome

    Duration: 05:30


Kate Adie's Memorable Moments from FOOC

Kate Adie's Memorable Moments from FOOC

Kate Adie introduces her personal selection of outstanding correspondents' reports.

How to be a foreign correspondent

How to be a foreign correspondent

Practical tips from our own correspondents… and some dire warnings!

Pick of From Our Own Correspondent

Pick of From Our Own Correspondent

A selection of fascinating and entertaining stories from reporters around the world.

Download this programme

Download this programme

Subscribe to this programme or download individual episodes.