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Letter from Africa: How a teenager risked all for a life in limbo

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe tries to find out what made a young Gambian risk his life to reach Europe.

Ever since the “migrant crisis” hit international headlines in 2015 I have spent most summers in southern Italy hearing the stories of young migrants who had survived the migration trail north – the…

  • BBC

Most of those who came were aged between 15 and 19. Most were from West Africa – Nigerians, Ivoirians and Senegalese.

But many had also come from The Gambia – the smallest country in…

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