Photo: Eden Oulatar Thomas
“I was born in Ngarangou in Burkina Faso and my name is Seni. It was the adventure that led me to Chad while I was in Libya trying to reach Europe. I am a public works engineer, but finding a job is a real problem, this is why I embarked on the journey that first brought me to Libya.
Before the Arab Spring, I made my living easily in Libya without dreaming of going to Europe or arriving one day in Faya (Chad), since I worked with an Egyptian who treated me well. After the fall of Gaddafi, chaos ruptured; life was not the same anymore. I was kidnapped many times and shot 4 times; there everyone has a weapon even foreigners. Among the chaos, a Chadian told me that his uncle wanted to build a house. I thought that in Chad, the situation would be better, and I would be able to eventually go home; I was sick of the life I was living in Libya.
We agreed on an amount of 5,653,000FCFA (USD 9,592) for a villa. Curiously, once we arrived in Faya things changed, and I paid the price. We have experienced suffering of all kinds and death threats. We have tried to contact the local authorities but to no avail. So I have to explain the situation to my friends. My only ambition is to go back to see my family. I lost everything and I will never start such an adventure again.”
This story is part of the "Beyond the Headlines: an Overview of Migration in Chad" publication.