Sierra Leoneans flocking into Liberia raise xenophobia concerns

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Reports emanating from Gendema village in Liberia claim that a throng of youths on daily basis are flocking into Liberia from Sierra Leone.

It is also reported that customs officers are collecting Le 75,000 from the immigrants crossing the boarder over to Liberia.

These reports have however brought renewed fears in the township. Residents of Gendema village in the border town between Sierra Leone and Liberia have expressed fear of insecurity at the boundary of the two sister countries saying that

‘The youth have not given us any good reason as to why they were going to Liberia. We want to know the reason why they are moving to our country.’ Liberian citizens are demanding. There is fear for competition amongst the few available menial jobs, fear for increased crime and overall security fears which is presently breeding xenophobia in Liberia.

David Sesay, the Assistant inspector general of police has confirmed that he has been informed about the movement of young Sierra Leonean into Liberia. ‘We have discussed the matter with the people of Gendema during a border and provincial meeting held at the village. There are 47 crossing points between Sierra Leone and Liberian border and it is obvious that the some of the youth were coming to Liberia to seek jobs.’

The Police inspector assured Liberians that he will have police coverage in all major check points to combat crime in the district. ‘My plan is to wipe out armed robbery in the district,’ he added.

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