Gambians Returnees Share Dangers of Irregular Migration
By Aja Dahaba
Youths against Irregular Migration continued the sensitization caravan in the Lower River Region communities of Pakaliba, Bureng, Japineh, Sankuya and Jarra Soma in school and community gathering.
The sensitization caravan is to raise awareness on irregular migration and help reducing the incident related to it in the Gambia.
Gambian returnees who warned of the dangers of irregular migration and advocated for migrants rights founded YAIM. They spoke in towns and villages gathering, on radio, social media and organize caravan tours to take their message to other regions of the country.
The village heads and other members of the village came out to listen to the messages of the returnees, as well women were also present and a public address system was used to speak to the community.
A young female returnee by the name Fatou Cham also took time to explain her experience, as she recounted her story of life in Libya, another female colleague by the name Oumie Camara moved away from the crowd with tears rolling down her face recalling her own painful experiences.
It was visible that the messages sang into the hearts of many of the gathered community leaders and villagers didn’t know that the migrants went through such things on the journey to Europe. We encouraged them to go because they had ambitions to make lives better for us here and there were no jobs they could do here, 45 year old woman said.