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Sierra Leoneans fight citizens’ deportation in court

Sierra Leoneans fight citizens’ deportation in court

The Chairman of Network of Asylum Seekers in Sierra Leone, Mr. Abdulai Daramy, has on behalf of the general membership of the organization intervened in the recent deportation of Sierra Leoneans from the United Kingdom.

Addressing journalists in a news conference organized at the Special Court for Sierra Leone on Jumu Kenyatta Road in Freetown, Mr. Abdulai Daramy recalled that they also had been victims of deportation from Germany.

He entreated the recent Sierra Leonean deportees from the UK to take heart and have faith in God with whom all things are possible.

Mr. Abdulai Daramy also admonished family members to stop the habit of refusing or rejecting their siblings who face deportation abroad.

It could be recalled that since 2009, a research had been done on deportation with the establishment of an office on No. 26 Regent Road, Freetown, to seek the interest of deportation victims nationwide.

The Chairman commended MEDICO International based in Germany for its continued support to their organization since 2011.

He called on the Government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and human rights organizations the world over to come to the aid of Sierra Leonean deportees as they have several concerns that should be addressed.

Mr. Daramy said the Government of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma should ensure that the Home Office abroad is up to the task, adding that the Government should also create a legal framework that seeks the interest of human rights issues in the country.

He lamented that approximately 90% of Sierra Leoneans walking the streets of Freetown and other parts of the country with psychiatric problems are victims of deportation either forcefully and voluntarily.

He stressed that they were looking forward to seeing Government creating a legal framework that would protect the status of human rights, provide economic integration and facilitate social support and skills development in Sierra Leone.

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