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“We come to America to suffer,” Says Sudanese Family Friend of Ugandan Man Killed By Police

Sudanese family friend of Alfred Olango, the 38-year-old Ugandan man killed by police, speaks at a community rally in El Cajon.

On Tuesday, Alfred Okwera Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan man and father of two young girls, was gunned down by police in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon.


Olango, whose family fled Uganda in 1991, was killed after officers responded to a call from his sister requesting help for her brother, who she said was mentally ill.

“Why couldn't you tase him? I told you he is sick - and you guys shot him!" Olango's sister can be heard telling officers in a video captured and shared by a bystander. "I called police to help him, not to kill him," she said.

On Wednesday, police confirmed Olango was holding a vaping cigarette when he was fatally shot.

As Okayafrica’s Erin C.J. Robertson points out, Olango’s death further confirms that when it comes to police brutality, it doesn’t matter which part of the African diaspora you hail from.

Agnes Hassan, a Sudanese woman who identified as a family friend of Olango’s, spoke at a community rally on Wednesday.

“What happened yesterday, it wasn’t right. I am from Sudan, Olango is from Uganda. We were in a refugee camp together. Their family and my family–we came to this country to bring our kids, to give them better education and better future. This guy went to school. He finished school, he’s an educated man,” Hassan told the crowd.

“We suffer too much with the war in Africa, we come here also to suffer again? You never hear one police in Africa kill a man, or kill a white man in Africa. We respect people in Africa. If somebody has a mental problem, how can you not deal with him with mental problems? This is not right.”

“My heart is just broken,” you can hear her say after.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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