I decided to embark on an adventure with the aim of getting my family out of hardship.
I left Côte d’Ivoire in December 2012 and travelled all the way by land. My dream was to go to Italy, but unfortunately, I was detained in Libya. In prison, I was beaten badly and this caused me serious injuries and psychological distress. Today, I sometimes have nightmares about my journey. Frankly, I regret this adventure. Not only did I lose all my savings, but I also lost my dignity, as in prison I was beaten before people. In January 2018, I decided to return voluntarily to Côte d’Ivoire. Upon our arrival in the country, together with other returnees, we received support from IOM through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration funded by EUTF to set up a traditional chicken farm in the city of Daloa.
Since early 2021, I have been working as a volunteer to raise awareness about the dangers and risks associated with irregular migration among communities.
I would advise my young brothers that irregular migration is not the right path to reach Europe, and even those who want to persist in doing so, should know that there are serious consequences that can lead to their death.