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Unmarried Couples In Burundi Are Being Ordered to Wed Before the End of The Year

The Burundian government claims that the policy will help protect women and children. But many are giving them the side-eye.

The Burundian government strikes again.

Unmarried couples in the country are being required to legalize their unions through church or state institutions by the end of 2017, repots Al Jazeera.


President Pierre Nkurunziza signed the order back in May, claiming that this measure would help protect women and children, specifically when it comes to possessing the legal documents for inheritance, and promote good morals. Many doubt that the government's actions are genuine, and have pointed out that the policy infringes upon people's religious and sexual freedoms.

This isn't the firs time the government of Burundi has made an odd decision concerning the rights of its citizens. Last week, women were banned from taking part in Burundi's famous drumming ritual.

For more on the subject, check out the video below, via Al Jazeera.

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The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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