A total of 176 Burundian refugees have been ordered by the Tanzanian authorities to pay a fine of 50,000 shillings (US $73) each or to serve six months imprisonment for travelling out of their camp without authorisation, press reports said today. Fifty others were sentenced to 20 strokes of the cane for similar charges. The 226 refugees were arrested in a police swoop on 30 November while travelling by truck from the Lukole camp in Ngara region, where they are registered, to another Burundian refugee camp in the Kigoma region. Some 265,000 Burundian refugees were registered in Tanzania as of 30 October, including around 156,000 in Kigoma and 108,000 in Ngara, according to OCHA’s latest report on affected populations in the Great Lakes region.
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