‘People went mad everyday in prison’ – 127 Libya returnees land in Accra


Some 127 Ghanaian detainees in Libya have arrived in Ghana after government facilitated their release from the Libyan authorities. The returnees who are illegal migrants landed at the Kotoka International Airport by two flights, Air Libya and Afriqiyah among them was a woman, a physically challenged man, and children.

They were met by government officials and officials from the International Organisation for Migration who stood by to give them food and water. Joy News’ Komla Adom reported two Metro Mass buses stood by to transport them to the Nkrumah Circle in Accra, where a strong transportation network is expected to help them find their way home.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) gave each of the returnees 440 cedis to pay for their transportation back home. Chilling stories of dehumanizing treatment ranged from robbery to murder. One told Komla Adom, he travelled with 17 others from Takoradi but only four were able to return. They killed seven. He said in a detention centre that held about 3,000 illegal migrants, “people went mad everyday…people died every day”

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