The Gambia
A hardworking man, Saikou was a teacher at an Islamic school before embarking on the journey. Saikou enjoys dialogue and sharing ideas with his peers.
Saikou is currently the Public Relations Officer of the Youths Against Irregular Migration (YAIM). After being stranded in Libya, he returned in 2017, after which his family members supported him to attend a training program on hairdressing and barbing. He opened a salon and then engaged in a waste collection business. Saikou has worked extensively with his organization in conducting awareness-raising activities through caravans and film shows. He says he is always available and willing to take part in awareness-raising activities on 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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