Kiossi, Cameroon – Gabon has released 100 of some 500 Cameroonian, Chadian and Central African Republic illegal immigrants detained for 10 months for unlawful mining. Some of the freed people say they were simple refugees from the CAR.
In Cameroon’s border town of Kiossi, thirty of the migrants flushed out of Gabon look tired, hungry and sick. Twenty-four-year-old Ibrahim Alaman, who says he left his native Chad to look for a job in Gabon, tells VOA that he spent a month in the dispensary of the prison in Libreville but was not treated for rashes all over his body.
He says there was no medical assistance in the prison and is calling on those who can to help him and other refugees who are still detained in Gabon.
Imvram Zhouli, a refugee from the Central African Republic, says he and those with him were arrested during a raid organized by Gabonese authorities. He says that after being abused by the police, they were transferred to the town of Oyem, where they spent three days before returning to Bitam to be judged…
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