A batch of 150 Gambians is reported to have been deported to the Gambia last week from Italian refugee camps. Kairo News was contacted by a lady whose adopted son successfully made the suicidal journey across the hostile deserts to the war-torn Libya to brave the Mediterranean sea. With the dingy and dangerously overloaded boats, he was among the young and able-bodied men who successfully crossed the shores of Italy.
The Gambia immigration officers regularly betray their fellow countrymen by visiting European detention centres, confirming the identities of Gambians, providing temporal passports for fast and quick deportations. Few weeks ago, a Gambian was crying in a United Kingdom detention centre because Gambian immigration officers visited him, asking him to sign his temporal passports for fast-track removal.
These young men are running away from poverty and political persecutions have now been removed from Italy back to the Gambia. The lady informed us that many of the young men deported will have a psychological and mental breakdown due to the dashed hopes.
Kairo News is calling on the government to yet again confirm to wider Gambian masses their collaboration with the Italian authorities in the alleged deportation of our citizens against their will.
The Gambian Immigration authorities are alleged to have travelled to Italy were they confirmed and provide the temporal travel documents to the migrants to be deported. Although, there is a resettlement package attached to the removals of migrants, the immigration authorities are said to never pass on such benefits to the deportees.
The callous betrayal by the Gambia immigration authorities is the height of ruthlessness and punitive behaviours. The youths must now realise they have to be part of the political process to see change comes to their country to put an end to more than two decades of brutality and oppression.
Kairo News will keep readers updated on the plight of the deported youths. Italy should hang its head in shame for not standing up to human rights and the protection of persecuted youths.