Mam

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IOM The Gambia 

3,728 kmfrom home
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" I am happy to be back home alive, as many of my friends have lost their lives or got seriously ill."
Mam
Country of Origin: 
Gambia

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I was a welder man but had eye problems, so I stopped the business to start a local grocery shop before I made the journey to Europe via Libya.

Without sufficient income from the grocery shop, I left in 2017. The journey was hard for me, but I made it through to Libya. I tried to cross to Italy, but I was caught and detained for several months until IOM came to our rescue. I decided to return home because the situation in Libya was getting increasingly difficult at the time.

I am happy to be back home alive, as many of my friends have lost their lives or got seriously ill.

I received my reintegration support in the form of a grocery shop in my hometown, Basse Santa Su, where I sell different kinds of food items. I also have a popcorn machine that supplements my business, as most children and even adults love popcorn. The business is going well, and my family has been supportive throughout the process.

“The support I received from IOM has opened many doors for me to become self-employed and independent. In the future, I want to get married, start a family and settle down here, as I do not intend to travel abroad using irregular routes.” 

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