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.

Africa

G5 Sahel counterterrorism force explained

Analysts say creation of five-nation counterterrorism force in the Sahel region is likely to cause more harm than good.

G5 Sahel counterterrorism force explained

Racism

#BlackMonday: White farmers protest against farm murder

Protesters don black to rage against killings but analysts say white farmers should be aware they are not only victims

#BlackMonday: White farmers protest against farm murder

South Africa

One of the largest dinosaur footprints found in Lesotho

It is the first such proof that shows a large carnivorous dinosaur roamed Africa about 200 million years ago.

One of the largest dinosaur footprints found in Lesotho

Racism

How some South Africans reacted to the coffin sentences

Some saw verdict as attempt to send strong message against racism. Others felt the case had become overly politicised.

How some South Africans reacted to the coffin sentences

South Africa

'Racist' farmers sentenced to prison over coffin case

Two men who shoved black victim into coffin and threatened to set him on fire sentenced to more than 10 years in jail.

'Racist' farmers sentenced to prison over coffin case

Humanitarian crises

Number of homeless tops record in CAR: UN

UN says that 1.1 million people have lost their homes in a war without end in the Central African Republic.

Number of homeless tops record in CAR: UN

Racism

Court postpones sentencing white farmers in coffin case

Two men were found guilty after shoving black victim into coffin and threatening to set him on fire.

Court postpones sentencing white farmers in coffin case

Africa

Court to sentence whites who shoved black man in coffin

Two men were found guilty after shoving black victim into coffin and threatening to set him on fire.

Court to sentence whites who shoved black man in coffin

Politics

Togo protests: What is the way out of the crisis?

As unrest continues, Al Jazeera speaks to W Africa expert about the root of the crisis and possible scenarios forward.

Togo protests: What is the way out of the crisis?

Africa

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