Gambian migrant champions refugee rights at UDP Congress in Germany

Yahya Sonko, a Gambian migrant in Germany has on Saturday, November 24, 2018, highlighted the sufferings encountered by Gambian refugees in Europe especially Germany since the change of government in Gambia last year.

Sonko who has already settled with his wife and children in Germany said most Gambian refugees are being deported in recent times simply because of the identification process ongoing in Karlsruhe, the second largest city of the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg after its capital of Stuttgart. This identification process is implemented by Immigration and police officers of the two governments; The Gambia and Germany.

According to him, since President Adama Barrow came to power, a lot of Gambian asylum cases have been rejected and in most cases, Gambians in Germany are being told that 80% of them are not allowed to stay in Germany. This , he said is causing a lot of trouble for Gambian refugees and President Barrow and his government must not remain mute over the plight of these refugees.

“Few days ago, I saw with my own eyes, a Gambian refugee put in chains and was set fr deportation to Gambian. This development came following his call to Karlsruhe for the identification process,” a tearful Yahya Sonko narrated in the midst of hundreds of UDP supporters and sympathizers who converged in Tübingen, a traditional university town in central Baden-Württemberg, almost 30 km on the south of the state capital Stuttgart, for the congress.

He urged the Gambia government to stop being on the denial point regarding the identification process and help these young Gambians who are already in Europe. He said a lot of Gambians in the diaspora including those in Germany have contributed money and sacrificed a lot of time, energy and resources in 2016 shortly before the Gambia’s presidential election, to ensure that the former dictator Yahya Jammeh is booted out.

Sonko therefore called on President Adama Barrow and his government to consider the plight of these refugees instead of helping Europeans to deport them back to Gambia.
Written by Mamos Tv