was born in Cernache do Bonjadrin, Portugal in 1968. After his jurisprudence studies, he worked as a journalist, mainly for the daily Público, the Portuguese partner in the Worldmedia syndicate of newspapers, and a reference newspaper in Lisbon.

He reported from conflicts in (in alphabetic order) Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Balkans, Bangladesh, Burma, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sâo Tomé e Principe, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Zaire, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.