Help to free this imprisoned student

Update posted by Nick Tischler On Sep 26, 2019

Good news! We collected enough money to pay the police $50 "fine" and Socrate has been released from prison. He got out this morning and went straight back to studying in university.

However, he is still obliged to pay for a Congolese passport and an annual student visa within the next week. After this he will receive a legal document that will allow him to study in Burundi.

If Socrate does not pay within seven days he may be put back into jail or deported to the Congo. And at the moment he is not permitted to leave the country.

The arrest of the 139 Congolese students seem to be one of several methods used by the Burundian government to generate money for the election next year. The European Union offered to pay for the election but they would also have insisted on observers to ensure that is was fair. The Burundi government prefers to pay for the election itself and have no observers. I wonder why?

Half of the students have now been released after paying up.

We have collected $300 of the $500 needed to help Socrate. Please help us to find the remaining $200 and keep him out of prison and back in university.

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David Reppert

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I beg of you to help our Friend. There is a small group of Quakers in both the USA and England who are paying this young man's college tuition. We are invested in his future. Won't you?

Hoot Williams

Backed with $40.00 On Sep 25, 2019

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Marieth Peter

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