Rights activists in Burundi have criticised the government for deporting hundreds of foreign nationals rounded up in the suburbs of Bujumbura, but the authorities say the police are only trying to curb crime.For two weeks now, the police have been checking the IDs of people in different suburbs of Bujumbura. Those found without ID cards are sent to a stadium in Bujumbura where their countries of origin are determined through questioning.
Burundians found without ID cards are fined 2,000 francs (US$1.6) and sent back home, but foreign nationals are immediately escorted to the border. Paul Ndiho Has more.