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Repatriated Sierra Leoneans commend envoy in UAE

The first batch of seventeen (17) Sierra Leoneans repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have commended the country’s Ambassador to UAE, Rashid Sesay for his exemplary leadership in bringing them back home.

The Sierra Leone Embassy in UAE in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is facilitating the voluntary repatriation of fifty-eight (58) Sierra Leoneans.

The 58 Sierra Leoneans had expressed desire to return to Sierra Leone as a result of loss of jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on arrival at the Freetown International Airport, one of the returnees, Victoria Marrah expressed thanks and appreciation to Ambassador Sesay for the fatherly love shown during their return process.

She stated that they had been stranded in Dubai for a very long time without a job to earn a living and a place to stay.

“We are thankful to our Ambassador for his open door policy to us. He has been very accommodating to us and we appreciate his role in all of this. He has demonstrated to us that he is a true patriot and without him, our return here will not have been a reality,” she said.

In his reaction, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the UAE, Rashid Sesay, said the 58 Sierra Leoneans had approached the Embassy to ensure their repatriation back home. He stated that each of them were interviewed, issued consent forms which they voluntarily signed to demonstrate their willingness to return home in line with IOM regulations.

The remaining set of returnees would arrive in Sierra Leone at various scheduled dates. This move is seen as a clear demonstration by the government to cater for everyone and also uphold the dignity of every Sierra Leonean irrespective of their status.

Over a week ago, President Julius Maada Bio, during a private visit to Lebanon, facilitated the repatriation of 130 Sierra Leoneans who were stranded in that country.

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