nationwide caravan to increase awareness on irregular migration by members of
Youth Against Irregular Migration (YAIM) continues in the North bank region
(NBR) with a meeting at Albreda and Essau and staff at the regional governor’s
office in Kerewan on Wednesday.
At a sensitization at the governor’s officer in Kerewan, Kemo Gassama said the dangerous of irregular migration to Europe through the high seas has created harsh environment in the society.
He said in the region alone, a number of 99 youth were registered to have lost their lives in the perilous journey while some were missing and their whereabouts was unknown.
Formed by the second batch of Gambian migrant returnees from Libya who arrived in the country in April, last year, YAIM members now want to build awareness among young people and families to understand that there are huge economic and life loss in irregular migration.
30 youth including returnees, journalists, youth organizations and students will be part of the caravan. Radio talk shows will be held at Kerewan and Farafenni community radio stations to reach a wider audience. The German government through their Banjul office supports the caravan.
During sensitizations, audience fight back tears as returnees narrate their experience of the risky journey, including torture and isolation.
At Albreda Basic Cycle school where some students are also reported to have participated in the journey and lost their lives, officials of the school said the narrations of the returnees was a great opportunity to help discourage other students from embarking on the journey.
The school’s authorities appealed to the government to realize and help address the problems of rural young people especially students. “Creating awareness about the dangers of irregular migration is a worthy cause,” the region’s youth chairperson, Sheriffo Mboge said, adding that young people should to be integrate in the society.