Gambia’s Immigration Chief, Buba Sanyang is defending the West African nation’s abrupt decision to round up its neighbor’s citizens have them deported.
Sanyang said those expelled were mostly minors between the ages of 11 – 16, who were residing in the country without any parental or custodial guidance.
According to the Immigration boss, the children were living in deplorable health and safety conditions. Deporting them, he says, was part of an effort to reunite them with their families.
Sanyang, however, fell short of clarifying how they have been handed over to Senegalese forces and if the children are reunited with their families.
Senegalese families often send their children to The Gambia to be thought the Koran by marabouts, who exploit them economically, sending them to the streets as beggars.
At least 140 foreigners were arrested by Gambian authorities for residing in the country illegally. Gambians have, for the most part, raised an eyebrow about the arrests.
Senegal and other West African nations helped the Gambia to overpower its ex-despotic ruler, Yahya Jammeh, who refused to cede power to new leader, Adama Barrow.