Burundi: Boys Behind Bars

Channel 4: Unreported World

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Reporter Ramita Navai and director Wael Dabbous travel to Burundi to investigate the plight of child prisoners.


They reveal how the war-torn country has no juvenile justice system, so teenagers are locked up for years without trial in dangerous adult jails. They face violence and constant sexual abuse. For most, 62-year-old Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa is the only hope. While wrongly imprisoned himself, he found the body of a murdered child inmate, was deeply affected and decided to devote his life fighting for victims of injustice. He shows the crew sobering sights - including 90 boys, some as young as 12, sharing a cell so small, they have to sleep standing up. 'I feel scared in here. I miss my mum and sister,' says one 13 year old boy.
 
 
'Children locked in prison 'hell' among killers and rapists in Burundi'
- Sunday Times
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