Over Deportation Order… S/Leoneans In Europe Plan Demo

 

Uncertainty, frustration, anguish, depression and desperation are some of the traumatic emotion scores of Sierra Leonean immigrants living in France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Italy facing deportation are suffering from as they await their fate.

Speaking to The Exclusive, Mr. Kamara, one of the Sierra Leonean immigrants facing deportation, said they have networked among themselves across Germany, France, Holland, Belgium and France to hold simultaneous demonstrations to draw the attention of the authorities of those countries and their compatriots in Sierra Leone about what awaits them.

“We are not ready, willing or prepared to return home,” he said, adding: “Therefore, we are going to demonstrate for the authorities to know that we will resist all attempts to be sent back home.”

According to Mr. Kamara, “Our biggest worry is that many of us sold everything we had at home before we moved abroad. Some of us left our jobs and businesses in order to come here and find a living.” “If we are deported home, what we have to go back to after living here all these years?” he queried.

Mr. Kamara furthered that whilst some of them went to Europe through the Lungi International Airport, many others were to Europe through the difficult Libya desert route under ‘Temple run’. “Imagine the sufferings we endured only to be told that we should now return home to start life all over again,” he lamented.

The Sierra Leonean immigrant therefore appealed to the authorities and their fellow Sierra Leoneans to sympathize with their plight, stating that many of them are the only means of sustenance for their families and loved ones who they left back home. “Deporting us would not only affect us adversely personally, it will also affect hundreds, if not thousands of people who depend on what we earn here in Europe for their housing, feeding, education, medical, you name it,” he said.

Mr. Kamara explained that the cause of their deportation is the criminal activities of a few Sierra Leoneans who have given a bad name to the rest of them that are living lawfully and earning their living legitimately.

Because of the decision by Immigration officers in the aforesaid European countries to deport Sierra Leonean immigrants that have applied for asylum and failed, Mr. Kamara said many of their compatriots have gone into hiding because, according to him, if seen on the streets by the police or immigration officers, they would be taken into custody to await deportation.

What makes the situation desperate for those that he said have gone underground to escape arrest is that their fellow Sierra Leoneans who have legal papers to stay fear to take them in because, according to him, if caught by immigration officers lodging illegal immigrants, they risk punishment by law.

“Sadly,” Mr. Kamara lamented, “our fellow Sierra Leoneans report those of us living under the radar to escape deportation if we approach them for solace.”