IOM The Gambia
“I am never going back. I am here to stay and grow this business together with my family.”
I came back to The Gambia from Libya in August 2017 through the assistance of IOM. My journey was a very rough one, so I decided to come home. I am happy to be back home alive and to see my family again.
After my return, I received a call from IOM regarding my reintegration assistance and my father advised me to expand his business, which is a shop that sells modest outfits and textiles. The business is going very well and customers keep coming in every time.
We are situated in the Serrekunda Market, which is a strategic location and is close to my house. I am managing the business together with my father. I have no regrets coming back home and everything is going so well for me.
I regret taking the “backway”, but I am glad to be back home and making a positive change in my life. My favourite part about coming home is seeing my mother’s beautiful smile again, because she was so worried and devastated when I left.