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Private Sector Joins IOM to Enhance Skills of Gambian Returnees

Banjul – Abba Wollow left the Gambia in 2016 with hopes of reaching Europe. “I left the Gambia because the small garage I was working on was not enough to support my family,” he explained.

New Report Outlines Displacement, Human Mobility Figures in Lake Chad Basin

Dakar – Since 2014, the Lake Chad Basin crisis has affected some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Credit: IOM 2019

Engaging the Diaspora to Support Development in Chad – Priorities: Health and Education Sectors

N’Djamena – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Chad organized a workshop on 12–14 March to engage the Chadian diaspora of France and Niger to contribute to the development of health and education, in...

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Strengthening Border Management in Côte d’Ivoire; IOM, EU Join Government’s Security Efforts

Abidjan –The rise of violent extremism and transnational organized crime has become a global threat to States and their populations, and security is a growing concern for many West African countries whose borders may be porous to...

‘Voodoo Curses’ Keep Victims of Trafficking Under Bondage

Bamako – Gold is Mali’s top export, accounting for at least 60 per cent of the country’s total exports in 2017 and making Mali the third gold exporter in Africa, just after South Africa and Ghana.

Lamin. Photo credit: IOM/Abdoullie Jammeh

Taking the Backway and Going Back Home: the Uncensored Story of a Migrant Returnee

When Lamin Kanyi left The Gambia in March 2016 to pursue his dreams of finding a better life in Europe, little did he know of the dangers his dreams would lead him to.

Helping Communities Affected by Transhumance Build Peace

N’Djamena - On February 27th, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Chad and the Food and Agriculture Organization launched the project “Restoration of Peace and Dialogue between...

Reopening of Community Market Brings Hope to Locals in North-East Nigeria

Gwoza – On 10 March, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reopened a rehabilitated community market in Gwoza, Nigeria.

Sierra Leone: First Network of Journalists to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Makeni City – Sierra Leone has been wracked by violence, civil war and Ebola in its recent history. Poverty is endemic. So is a high level of joblessness.

Senegalese Mothers and Artists Use Art to Stop Their Children from Leaving

Dakar – “Leaving for success, for the honour of our mothers…This is only our mothers’ fault.”  Marie Mané sings this refrain, repeated in unison by a chorus of 40 women.


Senegalese Women Artists Raise Their Voices in the Debate on Migration

Dakar“Migration is increasingly affecting women. Even though mothers sometimes finance their children’s migration journeys, they often hold back unvoiced feelings, especially when the journeys lead to tragedies.