More than a dozen Gambian immigrants currently detained in the Libyan city of Misrata Jails have urgently call for emergency support from Gambia government and international bodies for their release and subsequent repatriation from the war torn country of Libya.
Scores of them were arrested by the Libyan militia two months ago and thrown into poorly ventilated prison cells. The correspondent who has a rare contact with some of the detainees does not know the reason for their incarceration.
The young men aged between 20-35 have been in Misrata jail without access to legal or diplomatic representation. According to the correspondent, The Gambian detainees are complaining that conditions in Libyan jails are worsening and called on Gambia government’s intervention. Many of the detainee are said to have been on their way to The Italian city of Lampedusa where they hope to seek refuge.
“I have just been contacted by a group of Gambians in Misrata jail. According to them, they have been languishing in prison for the past two months without representation by a lawyer. The young Gambian men and women are in a dire condition requesting for help as soon as possible. “Could you push the list forward to the authorities or write a newspaper article to get the attention of the authorities. I have email it to the ministry of foreign affairs two days ago but no reply yet” a family member of some the detainees told our correspondent via email, requesting anonymity/
For the benefit of public and government, here is list of detainees, date of birth and address
Sally Susohoko, Sukuru, 1982 Ebrima Faye, Bakau, 1986 Ousman Kanteh, Banjul, 1988 Foday Jabbie, Jarra Sutukung, 1988 Lamin Keita, Santato, 1988 Sulayman Jabbie, Mballykuta, 1994 Lamin Jagne, Jarreng, 1992 Alpha Ganno, Wellingara, 1984 Kawsu Jabbie, Jarra Sutukung, 1981 Madi Jabbie, Libras, 1996 Jammeh Keita, Tankung Kunda, 1988 Bubacarr Kanteh , Bakau, 1972 Momodou Joof, Wellingara, 1994 Sajar Ceesay, Samea Pachunky, 1994 Lamin Saidy, Madiana, 1989 Muhammed Camara, Bundung, 1985 Musa Diko, Gambissara, 1988 Alieu Lowe, Nema Kunku, 1989 Sankung Ceesay, Dampha Kunda, 1990 Babucarr Touray, Cha Kunda, 1981 Lamin Bah, Brikama, 1993 Lamin Dahaba, Niani Banni 1986 Korka Jallow, Foni Bondally, 1986 Amadou Jallow, Banjul, 1992 Yusupha Jabbie, Librass, 1986 Sheikh Tijan Sillah, Banjul, 1987 Bafoday Saidy, Busumbala, 1990 Ousman Jarju, Bakau , 1986 Nuha Sanneh, Kiang, 1996 Muhammed Saidy, Bundung – 1988 Ebrima Jabbie, Basse, 1986 Yamadou Jawla, Basse, 1985 Lamin Ceesay, Badibou 1981 Kebba Saidy, Tanjeh, 1980 Yankuba Gagigo, Brikama 1985 Ousman Manku, Faji Kunda – 1987 Mamadi Gabbidon, Banjul, 1988 Assan Jallow, Banjul, 1992.
African Immigrants protest for Better conditions in Italy
Meanwhile, scores of illegal immigrants including Gambians, Monday protested in Italy to draw the attention of Italian authorities at the Isola Camp in Calabaria region of Italy over poor living conditions at the camp and the slow process of their asylum.
The protest was peaceful but riot police were seen mounting strategic location at the protest site with riots gears.
The immigrants are complaining about the worsening health conditions at the camp and the high rate of refusal of permit to stay in Italy.
Sources at the Protest site say after a closed-door meeting between representatives of the Protestors with Immigration police Commander of Calabria Region, the immigrants halt the protest but threatened to continue if their demands are not met.