For us, awareness is synonymous with meeting people where they are. That's why our 46 community mobilisers challenge the Nigerian sun every day to meet migrants in bus stations, markets, neighborhoods and ghettos. What better way to inform than to have open discussions about some of the risks and dangers of migration that we face today!
In addition, we work closely with the "critical mass" of young people (migrants, returned migrants and community leaders) involved in the fight against irregular migration from different angles - young people like Edwin, a Nigerian migrant on the way back at home through the assisted voluntary return program, set up by IOM Niger. During one of our recent sensitization sessions at Dirkou, Edwin, having spent more than 14 months in a Libyan prison, insisted on sharing his personal story to make others aware of the risks of irregular migration.
To date, we have sensitized more than 8,000 migrants to Dirkou, since January 2018, for a total of more than 80,000 migrants across Niger. Our outreach activities are supported by the European Union in Niger under the Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM).