Students caught in Dukwi showdown

A social media campaign for the students went viral this week.
A social media campaign for the students went viral this week.

FRANCISTOWN: The three-year battle by government to deport about 1,000 Namibian refugees from Dukwi camp turned sour this week, with law enforcement using force to sweep up individuals it believes are behind the resistance.

About 30 students due to write national examinations and in grades such as Standard 7, Form 3 and Form 5, were removed from their classrooms and taken to their parents, to await deportation. Some were taken to the Francistown Centre for Illegal Immigrants (FCII).

The move sparked widespread criticism, with a plea by the students’ representatives to First Lady Neo Masisi going viral on social media.

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