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

South Africa: The poor of Blinkbonnie Road

Fifty families living in poverty and squalor in Durban continue to face the wrath of authorities.

South Africa: The poor of Blinkbonnie Road

Africa

Zuma reshuffles cabinet 'in bid to secure energy deal'

South Africa president makes changes to cabinet in move seen to be linked to a contentious nuclear deal with Russia.

Zuma reshuffles cabinet 'in bid to secure energy deal'

Racism

Why the truth about the death of anti-apartheid activist matters

In landmark judgement, Pretoria High Court rules that apartheid regime lied about how Ahmed Timol died 46 years ago.

Why the truth about the death of anti-apartheid activist matters

Environment

Picking up the pieces after horrific Durban storm

Officials scamper to fix city as storm hits areas around South Africa's third-largest city, killing at least eight.

Picking up the pieces after horrific Durban storm

Human Rights

Rwanda illegally detaining, torturing civilians: HRW

Al Jazeera speaks to researcher urging a probe of torture claims by detainees accused of crimes against state security.

Rwanda illegally detaining, torturing civilians: HRW

Central African Republic

Displaced and without their cows: the Fulani in CAR

Thousands of cattle farmers forced into displaced persons camps in Central Africa Republic as crisis deepens in country.

Displaced and without their cows: the Fulani in CAR

Africa

Cameroon's English-speakers call for independence

Troops deployed to Anglophone regions as activists declare symbolic independence from country's French-speaking areas.

Cameroon's English-speakers call for independence

Africa

Why were 39 Burundian refugees shot dead in the DRC?

There are various accounts of Friday's protest, in which a 10-year-old girl was among those killed. Here's what we know.

Why were 39 Burundian refugees shot dead in the DRC?

Israel

Israel-Africa summit cancelled as Togo unrest continues

Israeli government denies speculation that conference's indefinite postponement was due to threats of boycott.

Israel-Africa summit cancelled as Togo unrest continues

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?