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The Gambia
Alagie refers to himself as a calm young man. He likes playing football with his colleagues and chatting with friends online. He also likes training at the beach to keep himself physically fit.
Alagie left The Gambia through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger in October 2016, arriving in Libya in early 2017. He attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea twice before returning to The Gambia in April 2017. Since his return, he has been engaged in tailoring. He is also a member of Gambia Returnees from the Backway (GRB). He sees MaM as a great initiative which could be used to sensitize many young people about irregular migration.

Returned migrants play a central role as Volunteers in the development, planning and implementation of the Migrants as Messengers campaign.

Through their stories, the learnings from their migratory experiences and their creativity, MaM Volunteers are the principal authors and actors of the campaign. From 2019-2022, a community of more than 300 volunteers across 7 countries will develop and grow. This community will also have access to diversified training and capacity-building opportunities and be invited to regular activities to support the development of an organic and sustainable community. Female engagement plays an important role within the MaM Volunteer community as they will take the lead in shaping women-to-women dialogue sessions and engaging female audiences more generally.