UNHCR and UNICEF visit Sissala east enclave harbouring Burkinabe migrants

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A team of officials from the United Nation high commission for refugees and the United Nation children fund today 31st May 2019 visited Banu and Pido to commence their interaction with the migrants.

They were joined by the Ghana immigration service and the National Disaster management organization in the Sissala east.

An anonymous source told the GNA that the visit is to assess the real situation with the illegal migrants currently residing in the Banu enclave and inform appropriately the ministry of interior of their situation for action.

At the end of the visit which started on Friday, Saturday and Sunday took the visiting officials to Banu, Pido and Kwapun but could not visit Wuru due to rainwater that affected the muddy nature of the roads which made it impossible for the team to reach out to the migrants.

The municipal director of the National disaster management organization Mr Issah Issahaku Gbanha and the immigration service after a joint visit to the area has now come out with the number of illegal migrants to 1,677 migrants.

The NADMO boss said with regards to their status as to whether the people are refugees or not, he said that after the team submit its report, a decision will be taken.

In the meantime, Mr Issah mentioned security has been beefed up in the area involving the military, immigration and the police.

The RADFORDFM  broke the story of some Burkinabe nationals of moshie descent in its 18th May 2019 publication where the illegal migrants alleged to be coming to do farming in the area whilst others indicated fleeing suspected unrest around the northern part of Burkinafaso where jihadist are reportedly attacking civilians.

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