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As It Is - Burundi Refugees Asked to Fight Their Own People

来源:慢速英语   时间:2015-12-22 08:55:26

Burundi officials say refugees who fled to neighboring Rwanda are being asked now to fight against their homeland.

An adviser to Burundi's president told Voice of America that Burundi has proof that the refugees were recruitedinto armed groups. Adviser Willy Nyamitwe say some of the recruits are children.

“We have evidence that people are being trained in Rwanda,” he said. “Some persons … have been caught by the army. Theyrevealedthat they have been trained in Rwanda.”

The presidential aide also said smuggledweapons come from Rwanda.

Rwandan officials have denied all charges of recruitment and weapons smuggling.

A report from Refugees International, a humanitarian organization that helps refugees, confirmed that armed groups in Rwanda are recruiting Burundians in refugee camps. The report mentioned that close to 80 refugees interviewedsaid they were asked to fight.

The United Nations refugee agency says more than 93,000 Burundi citizens have fled their homeland since April.

I'm Anne Ball.

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recruited - v.to choose and appoint candidates to join an organization

revealed- v.to make public; to make known to others

interviewed - v.to gather information by asking someone questions

smuggle – v.to move something from one country into another illegally and secretly