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Bajah & Captain Planet Salute Ebola Doctors In 'Out of Hand'

Sierra Leonean rapper Bajah teams up with DJ Captain Planet and Brooklyn Shanti for "Out of Hand," a song about the ongoing Ebola crisis.


A few months ago, Sierra Leonean rapper/singer Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crewspoke to Okayafrica about the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, describing the situation as "out of hand." Striving to inform the world that the epidemic still goes on today — having caused more than 7,500 deaths — and in support of the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, the New York-based musician now shares a song of the same name. "Out of Hand," a collaboration with 'gumbo funk' purveyor Captain Planet and tropical bass pioneer Brooklyn Shanti that began as a freestyle, has Bajah singing over percussive whips and electronic pinches, with deep yearning in his voice. "My people are bleeding, Ebola is killing them, Everyday like flies," he raps, trying to bring painful attention to the disease. Listen to "Out of Hand" below. The song is also available for download at Music Equals Medicine with a donation to Doctors Without Borders.

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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