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South Africans are Tweeting About All the Things #OscarWillBeOutBefore

Following the news of Oscar Pistorius' six-year prison sentence, South Africans take to Twitter to point out a few of the things #OscarWillBeOutBefore.

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If you haven’t already heard, disgraced Olympian and murderer Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years for shooting and killing Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Six years. FOR MURDER.

A lot can change in six years. But also, not that much.

In 2010 I was listening to Janelle Monáe. Ice Prince was well on his way to superstardom with "Oleku." Wizkid was already a superstar. Lupita Nyong'o starred in MTV's Shuga a year prior. We already knew Kanye as the friendly neighborhood crazy person. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The Thing Around Your Neck was the talk of town. Willow Smith was the coolest nine-year-old in the world. Facebook had a big Blockbuster movie made about it. “Like a G6” and “TiK ToK” were annoying.

Remember when those came out? Yeah, me too. Because it was like yesterday.

In six years, Oscar Pistorius, a convicted murderer, will be a free man.

South Africans and non-South Africans alike are taking to Twitter today to point out a few of the things Pistorius may very well be out of prison before:

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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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