Salifu
The Gambia
Born in Badibou, North Bank, Salif is 30 years of age and spent most of his years in Serrekunda and Banjul.
Salifu traveled to many countries in West Africa with his father, a businessman, when he intended to embark on the 'backway,' a decision his family members didn't support. He headed for Guinea-Bissau, where he earned money to proceed to Libya. After a year and six months in Libya, he returned to The Gambia in April 2017 and joined the Gambia Returnees from Backway (GRB)'s collective poultry project. Like many GRB members, he has vast experience working with IOM on awareness-raising initiatives.

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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