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2 Men Have Been Arrested as Authorities Investigate the Deaths of 26 Nigerian Girls Found Dead at Sea

The two men, hailing from Egypt and Libya, have been arrested and charged with human trafficking by Italian authorities.

Authorities have arrested and charged two men in Italy as they continue to investigate the deaths of 26 Nigerian women and girls, who are suspected to have been murdered while attempting to migrate to Europe, The Guardian reports.


Al Mabrouc Wisam Harar of Libya and Mohamed Ali Al Bouzid of Egypt are believed to have skippered one of the boats.

According to Rosa Maria Falasca, chief of staff at Salerno's prefecture, survivors have identified the men, where both stand accused of organizing and trafficking over 150 people on the two sunken boats. Prosecutors have yet to link them with the women's deaths, and autopsies are expected to be completed over the next week.

Salvatore Malfi, prefect of Salerno, tells Italian media that the women had been traveling alongside men. When the vessels sank, "unfortunately, the women suffered the worst of it."

"Sex trafficking routes are different, with different dynamics used," Malfi adds, responding to concerns that the women were being trafficked for the sex trade. "Loading women on to a boat is too risky for the traffickers, as they could risk losing all of their 'goods'—as they like to call them—in one fell swoop."

Marco Rotunno, Italy's spokesperson for the UNHCR, says that it was tough being at the port where the survivors and bodies were brought in. "One lady from Nigeria lost all her three children," he adds.

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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Kwesta Slams BMW South Africa’s Latest Advert For Using His Song Without Permission

Kwesta has called out BMW South Africa for blatantly using his song without his permission.

Kwesta has called out BMW South Africa for blatantly using his song without his permission and not crediting him. In a new advert promoting the new limited edition 330iS, BMW South Africa tapped into the BMW 3 Series' heritage in South Africa by using Kwesta's mega hit "Spirit". According to the artist, he wasn't contacted about the use of his song. The hip-hop super star took to Twitter to slam the German automobile manufacturer for their ad.

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Interview: Thando Hopa Never Anticipated Acceptance in the Industry—She Anticipated a Fight

We speak to the South African lawyer, model, actress and activist about her historic Vogue cover, stereotypes imposed on people living with albinism and her work with human interest stories about vulnerable groups as a WEF fellow.

Vogue Portugal's April edition was a moment that caused everyone to hold their breath collectively. For the first time ever, a woman living with albinism was featured on the cover of the magazine in a sublime and timeless manner. Thando Hopa, a South African lawyer, model, actress and activist was the woman behind this historic first. It was not just a personal win for Hopa, but a victory for a community that continues to be underrepresented, stigmatised and even harmed for a condition outside of their control, particularly in Africa.

At just 31, the multi-hyphenate Hopa is a force to be reckoned with across different spaces. Through her considerable advocacy work as an activist, Hopa has and continues to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about people living with albinism as well as changing what complex representation looks like within mainstream media. In 2018, Hopa was named the one of the world's 100 most influential women by the BBC. After hanging up her gown as a legal prosecutor after four years of working with victims of sexual assault, Hopa is on a mission to change skewed perceptions and prejudices when it comes to standards of beauty.

As a current fellow at the World Economic Forum, she is also working towards changing editorial oversights that occur when depicting historically underrepresented and vulnerable groups. The fellowship programme prepares individuals for leadership in both public and private sectors, and to work across all spheres of global society.

OkayAfrica recently spoke to Hopa to find out about how it felt to be the first woman with albinism to be featured on Vogue, the current projects she's working on and what's in the pipeline for her.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Uzo Aduba Snags 2020 Emmy Award for Role in 'Mrs America'

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