Sierra Leone Embassy in Dakar Repatriates 9 Sierra Leoneans From Dakar

The Sierra Leone Embassy in Dakar, Senegal have repatriated 9 stranded Sierra Leoneans among them a sick man from Dakar to Sierra Leone and buried a 24 years old lady in Dakar.

On April 26th, 2022, staff of the Embassy met 10 Sierra Leoneans outside the Embassy with their luggage. There were 2 adult men, 3 women with 5 children. The children aged from 10  months to 2, 4 and 6 years respectively.

Mariatu Kargbo 37, with her 3 children narrated that her husband who was residing in Mauritania sent for her to relocate there. She explained that she had to travel with her two other younger sisters who had the other two kids. On her arrival, she shockingly discovered that her husband had another woman. Her husband abandoned her and kids, so she had to find her way to Dakar, Senegal seeking assistance from the Embassy to be repatriated. Mariatu explained.

The two adult men explained their own story that they were lured by their friend to come to Senegal on business adventure. On their arrival, they said they did not see their friend and they ran out of money to eat and to return to Sierra Leone.

The Ambassador, Alhaji Brima Elvis Koroma on compassionate grounds, allowed them to temporarily stay in the embassy so as to protect the children and women who were vulnerable. The Embassy on Wednesday May 11th, 2022, with assistance from members of the Sierra Leone National Union, repatriated them to Sierra Leone by road from Dakar to Conakry and Conakry to Freetown.

On another note,  the embassy’s attention was drawn by members of the Sierra Leone Union to a Sierra Leonean, Sinneh Sesay who had a prolonged illness and needed assistance to return to Sierra Leone. The Embassy also facilitated his return on Wednesday 11th, 2022.

On another sad note, a Sierra Leonean woman, Isatu Kamara 28, was reported dead  on April 23rd, 2022 at the hospital fann in Dakar and her remains kept in the morgue. Her Sierra Leonean passport was found and the embassy was contacted. A Togolese woman came to the embassy to report the death of Isatu that somebody brought her to her place so that she could assist her to stay with her. She said she took few months and fell sick when she was admitted at the hospital where she died.

Trace of her relatives in Sierra Leone was done by the Head of Chancery, Mr. Saidu Timbo. The father of the deceased gave his consent for the embassy to go ahead with the burial rites in Dakar. With funding from the embassy, the Sierra Leone Union did the funeral arrangements and on Thursday 12th, May, 2022,  the Muslim funeral rite was performed and she was buried at the Yoff cemetery.

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