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The UN has Declared the Airstrike on Migrants in Libya a War Crime

It is reported that 44 migrants have been killed while 130 injured after an airstrike on a detention center outside of Libya's capital city.

Tajoura Detention Center, which houses approximately 600 migrants, lies just outside of Libya's capital city, Tripoli. The BBC reports that women and children as well as a UN official were among those hit during an airstrike on the detention center which occurred on Tuesday evening.


Libya has been ravaged by war since President Muammar Gaddafi was ousted back in 2011 after a bloody coup. Currently, there are several military and political factions, two of which are led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and General Khalifa Haftar.

Africans from the Sub-Saharan region are constantly attempting to flee from their respective countries into Europe through Libya. The resulting migrant crisis has led to numerous detention centers being established as the European Union works with the Libyan coastguard to intercept boats ferrying migrants across treacherous seas.

The United Nations has since described the attack as "amounting to a war crime". Describing the aftermath of the airstrike, an official from Libya's Health Ministry, Dr Khalid Bin Attia, said, "People were everywhere, the camp was destroyed, people are crying here, there is psychological trauma, the lights cut off. We couldn't see the area very clear but just when the ambulance came, it was horrible, blood is everywhere, somebody's guts in pieces."

According to Al Jazeera, whilst not as yet confirmed, General Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA) are reportedly behind the attack as part of their continued attempt to seize Tripoli.

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This Official is on Trial for His Alleged Role in the Rwandan Genocide

71-year-old Fabien Neretse has been charged with 13 murders which took place between April and July of 1994.

Seventy-one-year-old Fabien Neretse, a former senior Rwandan official, appeared in a Brussels court in Belgium yesterday. He is currently on trial for his alleged involvement in 13 murders which occurred during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. According to News24, this is the first time a Belgian case has explicitly charged Neretse with genocide.

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The Army Has Been Deployed in Ethiopia Amid Deadly Protests

Reports indicate that at least 67 protesters have been killed and dozens others injured in Addis Ababa and the Oromia region.

Last week, hundreds of Ethiopians in Addis Ababa and the Oromia region took to the streets to protest against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The protests were in response to prominent opposition activist and media owner Jawar Mohammed having announced that the government had removed the security guards assigned to him following his return from exile last year. Supporters of Mohammed showed up outside his house the following morning to show their support for him. However, they later clashed with supporters of the recent Nobel Peace Prize winner and security forces had to subsequently intervene. Army troops are reportedly now being deployed to the Oromia region to calm the unrest.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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