Azad Essa

Azad Essa

Azad Essa is an online news and features writer with Al Jazeera English. He covers politics and development in Sub Saharan Africa. He has reported from the DRC, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Senegal, amongst others.

Human Rights

Why do some peacekeepers rape? The full report

Al Jazeera examines the accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation against the UN and what is being done to stop them.

Why do some peacekeepers rape? The full report

Human Rights

Do UN peacekeepers do more harm than good?

UN peacekeepers are supposed to help vulnerable communities but can their presence damage the countries they operate in?

Do UN peacekeepers do more harm than good?

Human Rights

Is the UN doing enough to stop peacekeeper abuse?

We examine some of the cases and ask if enough is being done to investigate them and to prosecute the culprits.

Is the UN doing enough to stop peacekeeper abuse?

Human Rights

Why do some UN peacekeepers rape?

In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera examines the accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation against the UN.

Why do some UN peacekeepers rape?

Human Rights

Is the UN sending the wrong people to keep the peace?

In the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers, we ask if those trained to fight can ever keep the peace.

Is the UN sending the wrong people to keep the peace?

Interactive

HIV/AIDS: Fewer deaths, but infections still rising

Although the number of AIDS-related deaths has decreased over the years, the number of total infections is still rising.

HIV/AIDS: Fewer deaths, but infections still rising

Business & Economy

Q&A with AU ambassador to US Arikana Chihombori-Quao

AU ambassador to the United States on colonisation, hate crimes and changing the narrative of the continent.

Q&A with AU ambassador to US Arikana Chihombori-Quao

Humanitarian crises

Muslims return to CAR to find their homes are gone

Observers warn that if land and property are not returned, there will be no peace in the Central African Republic.

Muslims return to CAR to find their homes are gone

War & Conflict

Why are civilians still being killed in the CAR?

Al Jazeera speaks to the head of the UN peacekeeping mission about plans to bring security to conflict-hit CAR.

Why are civilians still being killed in the CAR?

Humanitarian crises

UN peacekeepers hit by new allegations of sex abuse

Data released by UN show new allegations continue to stream in despite secretary-general's commitment to end scourge.

UN peacekeepers hit by new allegations of sex abuse

Science & Technology

US denies visa to Gambian school robotics team

Robot built by high school students in The Gambia will be shipped to Washington, DC, for event without its inventors.

US denies visa to Gambian school robotics team

Africa

Q&A: Will CAR peace accord bring end to violence?

HRW's Lewis Mudge says a lot more still needs to be done after truce deal signed by CAR government and rebel groups.

Q&A: Will CAR peace accord bring end to violence?