Jamal Osman is Africa Correspondent for Channel 4 News.
Jamal Osman is a multi-award winning journalist and filmmaker specialising sub-Saharan Africa. He has been working with ITN/Channel 4 News since 2008. Jamal has scooped interviews with Somali pirates, the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group, Al-Shabab, exposed the illegal trade in UN food aid and told the struggles of Somali athletes training for the Olympics.
Truck drivers in East Africa have been branded Covid-19 “super spreaders” by political leaders, as governments there implement strict testing regimes they say are needed to stop the spread of the disease.
Tanzania’s President is often described as Africa’s Trump – not least because of his bizarre pronouncements on coronavirus.
With nearly half of the country’s population living hand-to-mouth, for them lockdown has had a particularly high price. And no group is more vulnerable than the millions of children – who call the streets their home.
Amnesty International has warned that millions face starvation because people have been stopped from earning money to buy food.
Only five years ago West Africa was in the middle of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. An epidemic that many UK volunteers helped to fight.
The biggest swarm of locusts for decades sweeps across East Africa, and it’s threatening to wreak catastrophe on countries already struggling with food insecurity.
A million undocumented migrants in the UK don’t even exist in the eyes of the law. But they do exist: and they live in constant fear of being caught and deported.
Last night, in the first in our DNA series, we looked at the family secrets unwittingly unearthed with the surge in popularity of home ancestry tests.
At least four militants from the extremist al-Shabaab group attacked the hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo.
After this programme reported on it last year, it was extensively debated online, transforming the life of one of the women we spoke to.
In recent years, South Africa has seen a surge in organised street violence, but this gang war is not being fought over drugs, but taxi routes.
Somalia used to be a byword for war and hardship, and thousands of Somalis escaped to this country to seek safe refuge.
“Gender-based violence is a national crisis that we are determined to end.” – the words of South African president Cyril Ramaphosa last month as he promised the ruling ANC party would tackle the alarming rise in sexual assaults against women. The statistics are staggering. In South Africa the murder of women is five times higher…
Sierra Leone is facing a crisis of teenage pregnancies, caused in part by the Ebola outbreak two years ago.
In Somalia, poverty is forcing women into sexual exploitation as men from the country who’ve emigrated to the west return to take advantage of them. Many of the women are refugees who are lured by the offer of a better life abroad. They often go through a fake wedding ceremony. The women are later abandoned…