J'can gov't sell us out - deportees

September 08, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer A deportee hides his face after being processed and released yesterday.
A deportee from the United Kingdom leaves the Mobile Reserve facility on September 7.
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer A deportee walks with two bags after arriving in the island yesterday.
Some of the 42 deportees sent back to Jamaica by the United Kingdom, at Mobile Reserve in St Andrew, where they were being processed on September 7.
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More than 40 deported Jamaicans arrived in Jamaica from the United Kingdom yesterday, but a flurry of activities by families, bystanders and the media forced the deportees to mask their faces and even threaten reporters with violence.

The consensus among the deportees seems to be that the Government of Jamaica has sold them out.

Seon Clarke, who has been living in the United Kingdom for more than five years, expressed fury when he spoke to The Star. "The Jamaican government is selling us out. Dem tek 20 grand fi each head and these governments in these countries are using racism to deal with us," Clarke, who admitted that he was charged for possession ganja in the UK, said.

Another deportee, who asked not to be named, said that "Jamaica sell wi out" before he was whizzed away in a car.

The Star learnt that only 20 families showed up to receive the 42 deportees.

 

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However the National Organisation of Deported Migrants, a non-profit entity, was on site waiting to render support through accommodations and other means. "Our main aim is the reintegration; getting documentation and help them cope the best way they can. We work with several non-government agencies to provide housing short term and long term. We also transport these persons to the locations," vice president, Angeline Green, said. The organisation was formed in 2011 by deportees who understand the necessities of having a support system.

Walking with their suitcases and market bags, many of the deportees covered their faces as they exited the police base.

After arriving at the Norman Manley International Airport, the deportees were processed at the Mobile Reserve headquarters in Kingston. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said in a statement that it was advised by the Ministry of National Security that similar deportations have been previously done over the past several years under a 2007 memorandum signed by both Governments.

A 47-year-old man, who came to receive his brother and aunt who left Jamaica before he was born, was bemused at the action of the UK government. "Yuh have a ting if yuh born inna di 40s yuh suppose to stay without nuh trouble," he said. He also mentioned that his brother was living in the UK for more than 30 years.1

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