Yahya
The Gambia
Yahya is a returnee from Germany and a tailor by profession. Hardworking and appreciative of others, he is now operating a workshop and enjoys reading in his free time.
Yahya studied to be a tailor and graduated in 2009, following which he opened his own tailoring workshop, buying clothes from Senegal and sewing them to sell. Eventually, he left the country due to peer pressure. He traveled to Libya, to Italy and then finally to Germany in 2015. After falling ill, he returned to The Gambia in 2018. He is now feeling well and reopened his tailoring workshop. He is willing to share his story on the 'backway' journey and life as an asylum seeker.

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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