The Gambia
Mafu is a strong advocate of social justice. He loves traveling and desires to be a chartered accountant in the future.
Mafu's initial decision to migrate was born out of political reason, with his family's resistance to the previous administration. He fled The Gambia in July 2016 while he was studying Accounting at the Management Development Institute (MDI) with a bright future. He returned in April 2017 and, with his uncle, started a spare parts shop. The business is booming for him. He now wants to return to MDI to complete his accounting course and hopefully begin a career as an accountant.

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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