The Gambia
Basiru was born in Kiang, in the Lower River Region of The Gambia. He grew up supporting his father at the farm. He is very hardworking and hopes things will be better with perseverance and dedication.
After being influenced by his friends, Basiru left The Gambia for Libya in 2017 and returned in 2019. He spent almost two years on the journey and in Libya. Currently, he is serving as a driver apprentice with his brother and is hoping to have his own vehicle one day. Basiru likes visiting family members and friends during his leisure time. He joined MaM to sensitize his fellow young people about the risks of irregular migration and available opportunities for young people in The Gambia.

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.

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