Jamal Osman is a reporter 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.
A UK ban on khat – widely used in the Somali community – comes into force in the next few months. But there is anger in Kenya, where thousands of farmers depend on exports of the herbal stimulant.
Among the most feared of al-Qaeda’s affiliates, al-Shabaab was behind the Westgate shopping mall attack in Kenya. Jamal Osman attended one of its training camps in the Somali bush.
Being an immigrant is like being the youngest child, writes Jamal Osman. You might be the weakest member in your newly adopted family, but you are often blamed for anything that goes wrong.
Last month’s terror attack at the Westgate shopping centre in Kenya showed how media-savvy al-Shabaab is. As Jamal Osman writes, the jihadist group’s media office is small but determined.
Tom Hanks’s latest film Captain Phillips focuses on a battle between two captains – one a Somali pirate. But does the Hollywood portrayal of Somalia piracy reflects real life?
Living in a tin shack by the roadside, Abdullahi is isolated, barely washed and poorly fed. For the last 17 years he has been chained up by his own family in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
Reports that some of the al-Shabaab terrorists, who attacked the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, escaped are likely to be true, writes Jamal Osman. Now they can expect a life of hero worship.
British Somalis have been under pressure for years. Whenever an Islamist-related attack takes place anywhere they feel vulnerable. The Kenyan siege will add to their fear.
Al-Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Dheere tells Channel 4 News reporter Jamal Osman no women were involved in the Nairobi shopping mall attack – and insists “our boys are fighting for Islam”.
The attack in Nairobi is a psychological blow to Kenyans. Striking at the heart of the capital city is designed to have the maximum effect on the locals.
In the latest attempt to save Somalia’s cash “lifeline”, nine aid agencies call on Barclays Bank to scrap plans to sever money transfer accounts.
A petition of 20,000 signatures, over a Barclays’ decision to block remittance services, goes to Downing Street… as Olympian Mo Farah also joins the cries of protest.
While Big Brother UK struggles to attract viewers, its African equivalent grows ever more popular. Now in its eighth season, it is the continent’s biggest reality show.
The arson attack on the al-Rahma community centre in north London – blamed on the EDL – has left local Somalis and their children deeply affected. Will the area and its people ever recover?
Following a well-targeted campaign, the UK government has banned khat, a stimulant drug widely used by members of east African communities in the UK.