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“DEPORTEES ARE NOT VICTIMS BUT ACTIVISTS”… Says Coordinator of Ex-Asylum seekers Featured

The international coordinator of the Network of Ex-Asylum Seekers, Sierra Leone (NEAS-SL), TejanLamboi, has retreated that deportees are not victims but activists.

 

He made this remarks during a press briefing and lunching of a book Titled: “Criminalized, Brutalize and Stigmatized” at their office at regent road past Friday.
Speaking on the importance of the book, Mr. Lamboi said he wrote it based on his research on discrimination and criminalization of deportees, adding that Ex-Asylum Seekers will showcase their talent as Sierra Leoneans in order to rebrand the mindset of people that deportees can contribute meaningfully to society.

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He appealed to Sierra Leoneans to desist from stigmatizing and embrace deportees as their brothers and sisters.

The chairman of the organization, Abdulai Daramy, thanked the Coordinator and the entire membership for their dedication and hard work, saying he lived in Germany for 11 years but never saw a Sierra Leonean who showed more interest in highlighting the issue of the criminalization, brutalization, and stigmatization of asylum seekers.

He admonished Sierra Leoneans to show love and respect to deportees, as according to him, there is still hope as long as there is life.

THE DEMOCRAT NEWS PAPER (3 FEBRUARY, 2016)

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