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.


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.

Ramadan 2017

IDPs in CAR: There is no food to break our Ramadan fast

As CAR is torn apart along religious lines, IDPs depend on villages, made up of both Christians and Muslims, for food.


CAR: Church shelters Muslims fleeing Anti-balaka

More than 1,500 Muslims who found refuge in a church over a month ago are growing restless and desperate, priest says.

Human Rights

Tensions between Muslims and Christians rise in CAR

At least 26,000 people live in squalid camps around a largely abandoned town after armed groups faced-off there in May.

Human Rights

A 'resurgence' in attacks on people with albinism

Amnesty International say systematic failures have emboldened killers as attacks on people with albinism continue.


Malawi: People with albinism 'living in fear'

Rights group bemoans slow pace of justice after attacks, including murders, leaving those with albinism feel vulnerable.


John Mahama on Ghana, The Gambia and the ANC's decline

Former Ghanaian president says political problems in South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt will affect the entire continent.

Human Rights

What can the UN do if your country cuts the internet?

The UN considers the internet a human right, but governments are increasingly infringing on the rights of people online.


On the trail of the trade in human body parts

In Malawi, people with albinism are being killed for their bones. Al Jazeera investigates what is driving these murders.


Thuli Madonsela on Jacob Zuma and fixing South Africa

The former public protector is best known for holding President Jacob Zuma to account for wasting public funds.


Ahmed Kathrada: Humble and fearless

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada leaves behind a powerful legacy of service, social justice, and humility.


Gambians ready to rebuild their country 'from scratch'

Following the departure of their former president, Yahya Jammeh, Gambians reflect on the opportunities ahead.