Big Dreams present cash to ‘back-way’ victims’ families

Jun 5, 2024, 12:50 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Big Dreams Gambia in partnership with Big Dreams Inc on Friday 31st May 2024  presented cash to five families of the Bakau ‘back-way’ victims who tragically lost their lives trying to reach Europe through the ‘back-way’ in pursuit of a better life.

The gesture was in fulfillment of Big Dreams promise to raise funds for the families of victims.

On 25 May 2024, the organisation organised a 5 and 10 kilometres charity run at the New Bakau Public Park to honour ‘back-way’ victims.

The charity run was also organised to mourn love ones who tragically lost their lives as well as raised funds for their families.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at office of the Councillor of Bakau Cape Point Ward, Councillor Lamin Dibba commended Big Dreams for the laudable initiative.

‘‘Even though the turnout of participants for the charity run was not impressive as Big Dreams fulfilled their promise to support victims’ families,’’ Councillor Dibba said.

Councillor Dibba pointed out the amount given was not important but the organisation’s intention to support victims’ families.

He noted that only Big Dreams took such an initiative to raise funds and support families who lost their loved ones on the ‘back-way’ journey.

He expressed gratitude to the organisation on behalf of Bakau community for considering them.

Pa Lamin Sawo, Public Relations Officer for Big Dreams Gambia, on behalf of Big Dreams Gambia and Big Dreams Inc extended condolences to victims’ families.

He added that Big Dreams has been supporting education and health sectors in The Gambia over the years.

He thanked founders of Big Dreams for fulfilling their promise to support victims’ families even though most of the forms for the charity run were not bought.

Musa Samateh, a representative of the Village Development Committee (VDC), said the disaster shocked the community.

He thanked Big Dreams for standing by and supporting victims’ families during their difficult moment.

Ebrima Camara, a father who lost his son through the journey, expressed appreciation to Big Dreams for their generosity.

Camara called on young people to acquire skills, noting that the irregular migration is very risky but with skills they could stay in the country and contribute to its development.

Aji Saffie Gaye, also a parent who lost her loved one, described the day as a painful one.

She added that whatever Allah destines must happen, saying the victims were not bad people. According to her, they just wanted to pursue better lives for themselves and their families.

Deputising for the Alkalo of Bakau, Dodou Jawo, thanked Big Dreams for their support.

Meanwhile, the winner for the 10-kilometer charity run received D5000, while second place pocketed D3000.

The third-place holder received D1500.

The winner for the 5-kilometer run received D3000, while second-place and third place holders received D1500 and D1000 respectively.

All participants received a free T-Shirt each from the organisers.