19 Liberians Repatriated From Libya

By Mafanta Kromah

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, B. Elias Shoniyln, in a conversation with Concerned Liberians for Justice  said 19 Liberians have been repatriated from Libya through Sierra Leone.

Shoniyln made the disclosure Monday, December 18, 2017 during the Concerned Liberians for Justice Protest at the Ministry to hand deliver a petition to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to organize a proactive repatriation program for many dying Liberians who continue to be subjected to modern-day slavery in Libya.

He said the ministry is working in its possible best way to get Liberians back from Libya through engagement and collaboration with the Libyan Embassy in Liberia, and with the Liberians Association in Libya.

Shoniyln maintained that the 19 Liberians came through Sierra Leone and through dialogue with the Sierra Leonean Government.

He explained that another Liberian woman has been identified among Nigerians who were repatriated through the Nigerian Government, noting  that the lady has two kids and is now under the care of the Liberian Embassy in Nigeria and that their ticket has been arranged to return to Liberia.

However, Shoniyln indicated that with engagement and collaboration between the ministry and the Liberians Association in Libya, they have been told that there are not many Liberians but will keep searching to identify and send Liberians back.

He requested the protesters to also help spread the information to Liberians that “anyone that has family member or friend in Libya to report the information to us at the ministry; that will help us in identifying our brothers and sisters out there.”

Few weeks ago, the Concerned Liberians for Justice on behalf of Liberians in Libya, hand delivered petitions and recommendations to Amb. Mohammed Omar Tabil Mohammed, Ambassador of Libya to Liberia and the Deputy Minister for Legal Affairs, Cllr. Deweh Gray of the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs on the issue of Liberians being humiliated in Libya.

The group recommended that joint effort be established between the Libyan Embassy  in Monrovia and the Government of Liberia should ensure that the lives of Liberians are protected and  they are given the opportunity to repatriate, as similar cases  seen in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon.

The group is  demanded the government  to institute a Libya-Liberia Repatriation Program, a program that will provide needs for Liberians suffering injustice to be repatriated through a joint negotiation with the Libyan Embassy  in Monrovia and other private investors.

Meanwhile, Shoniyln apologized on the ministry behalf for not providing update to the public on efforts being made to get Liberians repatriated and promised to provide a press release on what the ministry has done and what it is doing to get Liberians suffering in Libya home.

He, also on behalf of the government, applauded the Concerned Liberians for Justice for their efforts in ensuring that their brothers and sisters are safely repatriated home.