Against Irregular Migration (YAIM) recently returned from the Upper River
Region (URR) on their usual national summer caravan to create awareness among
young people, village heads, religious heads, women leaders and other pertinent
stakeholders on irregular migration.
YAIM is a youth-led association comprising young Gambian migrant returnees who aim to improve lives of the people through poverty alleviation and income generating activities that can bring change in the lives of returnees through entrepreneurial skills.
Secretary General Mustapha Sallah said the ten days caravan has availed them the opportunity to interact and share with fellow young people in rural Gambia most of who are affected by the irregular migration syndrome. “We will challenge the government, NGOs and the international community to consider YAIM and to join us in the fight against irregular migration.”
He said the caravan has helped them to discuss issues that affect young people and irregular migration returnees to create sustainable employment and contribute to national development. “We are determined to change the narratives and play our part in the dispensation of new Gambia.”
Mr. Sallah said irregular migration has caused lot of devastation on families, while the movers would have the notion that they cannot make it here and travelling to Europe through the high seas is the only solution for them. “We regretted embarking on this perilous journey because many of our brothers were beaten and some were killed in our presence whilst others died of hunger and starvation.”
According to him, they left The Gambia with the “mighty” aim of finding a better living condition for their families due to the hardship they face in the country.