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.

South Africa

Why the shack dwellers' movement poses a threat to the ANC

S'bu Zikode leads a shack dwellers' movement and says city officials crack down on those who highlight a housing crisis.

 Why the shack dwellers' movement poses a threat to the ANC

Rwanda

The politics of second-hand clothes: A debate over 'dignity'

Rwandan traders selling used clothes suffer as the government taxes used imports, but local designers welcome the move.

The politics of second-hand clothes: A debate over 'dignity'

Rwanda

The mixed tale of women's empowerment in Rwanda

Rwanda's push for gender equality hailed by some, but others call it 'smokescreen' for government repression.

The mixed tale of women's empowerment in Rwanda

Africa

Rwanda's reluctant love affair with coffee

Despite its important role in the economy, coffee isn't part of daily life for most Rwandans but things are changing.

Rwanda's reluctant love affair with coffee

South Africa

Unpacking South Africa's fraught and complex land debate

Land reform a key issue before elections next year, experts say, turning up debate over legacy of apartheid.

Unpacking South Africa's fraught and complex land debate

Africa

Six years on, still no justice or closure for Marikana victims

As thousands of mining jobs are cut, families of striking workers slain in 2012 still await compensation and justice.

Six years on, still no justice or closure for Marikana victims

United States

Cornel West: 'Obama was never the revolutionary Mandela was'

Intellectual Cornel West discusses former US president Barack Obama's legacy and symbolism behind his rise to power.

Cornel West: 'Obama was never the revolutionary Mandela was'

South Africa

Activists urge Nelson Mandela Foundation to withdraw Obama invite

Critics say former US president does not represent Mandela's legacy and should not be a guest lecturer at annual event.

Activists urge Nelson Mandela Foundation to withdraw Obama invite

United States

Americans protest against 'inhumane' family separation policy

Demonstrators call on Trump administration to reverse policy of separating undocumented parents from their children.

Americans protest against 'inhumane' family separation policy

Immigration

Indigenous Guatemalan woman shot dead by US Border Patrol

Rights groups decry killing of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzales, 20, who was killed by an agent near the Mexico border.

Indigenous Guatemalan woman shot dead by US Border Patrol

Health

Ebola in the DRC: Everything you need to know

Key questions answered as another Ebola outbreak raises concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola in the DRC: Everything you need to know

United States

Far away from Gaza, a showdown in NYC's Times Square

Hundreds protest in New York City in solidarity with Palestinians after another week of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip.

Far away from Gaza, a showdown in NYC's Times Square