Mam Jarra

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IOM The Gambia

3,728 kmfrom home
"The journey was extremely challenging and traumatizing."
Mam Jarra
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“My business is going well, and I am grateful for the support. My desire is to expand more.”

I left in September 2017 to travel to Europe via Libya to support my family and relatives because of our economic situation. The journey was extremely challenging and traumatizing.

I went through Sabi in Basse, then Mali for three weeks and headed for Niamey in Niger. I spent some time in Agadez before crossing the desert to Libya.

When we were crossing the Mediterranean Sea, we were caught and detained in prison. Our luck came when IOM assisted us to voluntarily return to The Gambia, because the situation in the prison was terrible.

Since I returned to The Gambia, there has been a big difference in my life. IOM supported me to start my own fashion and cosmetics shop. I am also one of the founding members of the Youths Against Irregular Migration (YAIM)—a group of migrant returnees raising awareness on the risks of irregular migration in The Gambia.

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