Burundi: street children now risk criminal prosecution

Burundi: street children now risk criminal prosecution

Burundi’s government said the thousands of children roaming the streets, adult beggars and other “vagabonds” now risk criminal prosecution as they tarnish the country’s image.

Street children and other beggars should no longer roam the streets from this Wednesday.

“These practices which “deteriorate” Burundian culture must cease,” authorities said.

“Repeat offenders could be subject to criminal prosecution,” National Solidarity and Human Rights Ministry warns.

Those who continue this way of life deemed “despicable” by the Burundian ministry in charge of national solidarity and human rights now face penalties of up to 15 years in prison.

According to the warning, anyone caught in the act of giving alms to street children and other beggars faces the same criminal penalties.

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