Mar 25, 2019

#FreeOurGirls: Twitter users back detained Burundi schoolgirls

Twitter users have rallied to the cause of three schoolgirls arrested for defacing photos of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza by following their example. Crudely doctored images of the leader are being circulated online under the hashtag, #FreeOurGirls. Burundian authorities are routinely accused of cracking down on human rights and dissent. The schoolgirls, aged 15,16 and 17, were arrested two weeks ago after the president's image was defaced in textbooks. In a similar case in 2016, several schoolchildren were imprisoned and hundreds expelled for scribbling on images of the president's face.

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