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.


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.


Malawi: People with albinism 'living in fear'

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


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.


Newly formed 3R rebel group inflicts horrors in CAR: UN

UN says new rebel group known as 3R is responsible for rapes and mass displacements in Central African Republic.


Who is burning down Kashmir's schools?

In the past three months, 26 schools have been set on fire in India-administered Kashmir, affecting some 4,000 children.

War & Conflict

Scarred by pellets, Kashmir girls face uncertain future

Families in shock after girls, as young as 13, hit in the eyes with lead-based pellets in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Humanitarian crises

Central African Republic: 20,000 stranded at UN base

Humanitarian workers suspend relief efforts amid renewed fighting between militia groups, putting thousands at risk.

War & Conflict

The doctors treating Kashmiris blinded by pellets

Two Kashmiri doctors describe treating pellet injuries and share their fears for the future of their patients.