IOM The Gambia 

Rosa , 1,673 km
“People should be able to migrate as a right, but we should take into consideration that there are safer ways to migrate” #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia 

Alieu Sisawo , 3,728 km
“I am proud of myself and I can say I am now a rich, young man.” #iamamigrant

Flavia Giordani/IOM

Ismail, 2,480 km
"I never saw him so happy before" #iamamigrant

©IOM 2018/Sibylle Desjardins

Mouna, 6,656 km
“I never planned to migrate, but it was my destiny.” #iamamigrant

IOM/Monica Chiriac

Mohammed , 1,380 km
“Life used to be beautiful in Libya. I could work for a day and feed myself for three,” #iamamigrant

© Monica Chiriac/IOM

Mamadou , 2,261 km
“Too many people lose their lives in the desert. There is nothing to eat or drink it’s a disaster,” #iamamigrant

©IOM 2018/S. Desjardins

Mariam , 1,318 km
“Now, in Sierra Leone, I am free. I can walk in the street without fear, no one can stop or expel me ” #iamamigrant


Prospère, 1,790 km
“I was already working as a mason in Burkina, but I could not find work projects. Then, I decided to go to Algeria to work and make money,” #iamamigrant

IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa.

Kojo, 2,924 km
“I am happy to be back. I feel a bit disappointed, but I’m alive and that is the most important thing after all,” #iamamigrant

François-Xavier Ada-Affana and IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa.

Loveth, 1,397 km
"I did not have money, I did not have a passport." #iamamigrant

IOM Regional Office from West and Central Africa

Temple run , 3,718 km
“They ask desperate youths to give huge sums of money in return for a one-way ticket to a better life,” #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia

Omar, 3,728 km
"I decided to return home to reunite with my family because the situation was not helping. " #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia

Mam Jarra, 3,728 km
"The journey was extremely challenging and traumatizing." #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia 

Mam, 3,728 km
" I am happy to be back home alive, as many of my friends have lost their lives or got seriously ill." #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia

Lamin, 3,728 km
" My parents were happy to see me back alive and I was happy to be back home with my wife and children." #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia

Kanyiba , 3,728 km
“In the future, I would like my business to grow bigger to create wealth and employment opportunities for young people ” #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia 

Foday, 3,728 km
" In the prison, I decided I had to go home because I had gone through an unspeakable experience " #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia

Ebrima, 3,728 km
“I am never going back. I am here to stay and grow this business together with my family.” #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia 

Daniel, 3,438 km
" My attempts to cross to Italy failed and I was held in detention for six months. " #iamamigrant

IOM The Gambia

Bakary, 3,728 km
“I am grateful to IOM for the support. This has changed my life forever.” #iamamigrant