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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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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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