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Burundi's Robotics Team Goes Missing After First Global Competition in D.C.

Two 17-year-old girls and four boys between the ages of 16 and 18, from Burundi's national robotics team, have gone missing.

DIASPORA—After being reported missing, two teens from Burundi's national robotics team were seen crossing the border into Canada, reports the Associated Press.


According to D.C. police spokeswoman, Aquita Brown, the two teens seen entering Canada were 16-year-old Don Ingabire and 17-year-old Audrey Mwamikazi. 

Two 17-year-old girls and four boys—between the ages of 16 and 18—total have gone missing since yesterday. The search is ongoing for the other members of the team. There are no suspicions of foul play.

The teens were last seen at the First Global robotics challenge, which saw young people from 36 African countries and elsewhere gather in Washington D.C. to present their inventions in line with this year's theme of providing "access to clean water."

The D.C. metropolitan police department posted a missing persons flier via Twitter earlier today, asking for help in locating the teens.

Burundi has faced heightened political unrest over the last two years stemming from an attempt to overthrow the country's long-standing president, Pierre Nkurunziza in 2015. The attempt resulted in a failed coup and violent crackdowns on civilians, in which hundreds of people were killed. Following the events, at least 250,000 people left Burundi in exile.

Thousands of Burundians have fled to neighboring Tanzania in the time since. Last year, Burundian activist Cynthia Rama wrote an open letter to her friend, who had died during the uprising.

In February, we spoke to Burundian peace activist Pierre Claver Mbonimpa about the country's political future.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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