Tombong
The Gambia
A native of Basse, Upper River Region, Tombong describes himself as an intelligent guy in school and is presently doing business to support his family.
Tombong came back to The Gambia in 2017 after facing so many hardships and imprisonment in Libya. With his colleagues, he formed the Youths Against Irregular Migration (YAIM), which has done many advocacy and awareness-raising work nationwide. He is currently operating a cement shop but is always willing to participate in awareness-raising activities on 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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