World Migration Day Observed… 939 S/Leoneans Repatriated


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Communication Officer of the International Organsation for Migration (IOM), Rashid Conteh has disclosed that about nine hundred and thirty nine (939) Sierra Leonean migrants were repatriated from Libya, Niger and Mauritania.

According to him, this is alarming as Sierra Leonean migrants are left stranded in the aforementioned countries in their zest to head for Europe in search of greener pastures.

According to the Communication Officer, these desperate and unfortunate Sierra Leoneans have different stories to tell regarding their encounters, adding that these desperate Sierra Leoneans get themselves trapped on their way to Europe.

Rashid Conteh continued that yesterday, the 18th December, 2018 IOM commemorated the World Migration Day with the theme: “Migration with Dignity.” He therefore called on the government to raise awareness on the dangers that go with such migrations.

Meanwhile, some 30 Sierra Leoneans who were used as sex slaves, he disclosed, have been repatriated from Kuwait.