Burundian authorities pushed out 12 Rwandans, including women and children, after they refused to take the Covid vaccine.
They stayed on the Nyakarama hill in Kirundo province, in northern Burundi, for more than five days.
“They had fled Rwanda’s ongoing mandatory vaccination campaign,” they said.
Albert Hatungimana, the provincial governor, ordered that they be deported to Rwanda.
Authorities in the province repatriated nine more Rwandan nationals to their homeland on Thursday. They’d also gotten away from the mandatory vaccination program.
The governor said in a security meeting on Tuesday that he couldn’t welcome anyone who didn’t ‘adhere to the government’s Covid-19 response program.’
“Everyone had to get vaccinated in order to stay in the country,” he said.