Photo: Rhovys Mardochee
TO BE A MIGRANT, FOR ME, MEANS…
“To be a migrant is not synonymous with someone who is waiting for the help of others. It is true, that forced migration, such as ours puts us in a precarious situation and dependent on others.
However, for me, to be a migrant means to work to support my needs and contribute in any way I can to the development of the country that has hosted us, which happens to be our own country, Chad.
I am a Chadian, returned from Bozoum a city in the Central African Republic (CAR). When I was in CAR, I worked in diamond mining but fled in 2014. After settling in the Kobiteye site in Chad in 2014, I started farming by renting the fields from the host villages because I had no other option and had to adapt to another life. I grow millet and sesame every year and am able to harvest enough.
For example, in 2018, I had 36 bags of millet and shared about 7 bags with my brothers and neighbors who were unable to cultivate, and the rest allowed me to take care of my family. I count myself among those who work to feed others because the sale of my cereals at Goré market is another contribution to the economy of the country.”
This story is part of the "Beyond the Headlines: an Overview of Migration in Chad" publication.