Tanzania's Magufuli pardons over 1,700 imprisoned Ethiopian migrants

Tanzania's President John Magufuli

In this file photograph taken on August 29, 2020, Tanzania's President John Magufuli speaks during the official launch of the party's campaign for the October 2020 general election at Jamhuri stadium in Dodoma.

Photo credit: Ericky Boniphace | AFP

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  • Encouraged by some successful peers, hundreds of Ethiopian migrants take dangerous routes across several African countries every year in their dream to reach South Africa for work.

Tanzanian President Joseph Magufuli on Monday ordered the release of 1,789 Ethiopians imprisoned for entering the country illegally.

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