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Talented British-Gambian Photographer Khadija Saye Was Among the Victims of the Grenfell Tower Fire

This video chronicles the flourishing career of Khadija Saye, a 24-year-old photographer who died in the Grenfell Tower Fire.

DIAPORA—Since last Wednesday, we've been learning the stories behind the lives lost in the devastating fire that burned down Grenfell Tower in West London. Among the 79 victims that are dead or presumed dead was Khadija Saye—a 24-year-old British-Gambian photographer whose career was on the cusp of flourishing.


Saye was trapped on the 20th floor, in the apartment she shares with her mother when the fire started. As it progressed, she posted heartbreaking Facebook statuses asking her friends and families for their prayers.

In a cruel twist of fate, the artist died as she was beginning to reap the fruits of her hard work. Her latest collection, "Dwelling: in this space we breathe," a series of photographs exploring traditional Gambian spiritual practices, was on display at the 57th Venice Bienniale.

“In the last few weeks she had been invited to show in all kinds of serious galleries, her dreams were actually beginning to manifest themselves in the most exciting way," her mentor Nicola Green told the Guardian.

For more on her incredible story, watch the Channel 4 News tribute below.

In the many efforts to lend support to those impacted from this tragedy, a charity single featuring Stormzy, Emili Sandé, and Rita Ora, among others, will be released on Wednesday. 

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Pregnant Tanzanian Girls Now Have Hope Of An Education

In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

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