The Gambia
A returnee from Libya, Oumie describes herself as assertive with strong self-esteem. She is now engaged in gardening, which she sees as an available opportunity for young people. Oumie likes dialogue and sharing ideas with colleagues.
Oumie traveled to Libya in 2016 and returned in 2017 due to the hardship and difficulties she faced. She is a member of the Youths Against Irregular Migration (YAIM) and works with different organizations in creating awareness on irregular migration across the country. She likes to think not of what the country can do for her but what she can do for herself and the country. Therefore, she sees her participation in awareness-raising activities as part of her obligation to prevent the loss of lives of young Gambians through 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.

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