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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Repatriated 5 months ago, boys 9 and 14, hit ‘back way’ again

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The primary school-going boys – identities withheld – were among the three young people caught on their initial attempt and repatriated barely five months ago.

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They reportedly sneaked out of the country last Saturday morning, and a relative has since been dispatched to bring them back “as quickly as possible” before making further progress on their journey.

“God knows, I am worried and disturbed,” a mother of one of boys told The Standard. “This is not the first time this has happened. After their first unsuccessful attempt, I gave my two boys serious warnings never to leave home without my consent.

Only the little one heeded my advice and did not go on this journey. I only pray my boy returns in one piece.”

An uncle to the 14-year-old said he was surprised at the kids’ daring trip. “They are seeing elderly people everywhere talking about ‘back way’. That is the only possible explanation as to why they are on such journey. They are so young to do this on their own, even if they have all the required funds needed for the trip. They have bulk of money. I do not know how they secure the money, but I do know if it was me who possessed that cash, by now I would have been in Italy. I wish them luck. I think they would need that. They have sent someone after them to get them from Dakar. Let’s see what happens next.”

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