The awareness gathering, it was gathered, attracted 60 participants, including village development committee youth representatives village authorities.
According to the charitable organisation, the campaign, with funding from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), was aimed at raising awareness on the dangers and negative effects of irregular migration and its impact on their socio-economic well-being.
Rural Child said it noted with concern the increase in the number of youths from Kombo East embarking on migration.
The pursuit for socioeconomic advancement, especially among the youth in the West African country, has driven many to undertake irregular migration with the aim of reaching Europe.
More than 35,000 Gambians arrived in Europe by irregular means between 2014 and 2018, according to IOM.
Rural Child founder and coordinator, Amadou Jallow, said the response within Kombo East became necessary after the organisation conducted a survey that revealed the alarming number of young people taking on the deadly sea voyage.
A representative from IOM, Saikou Jabbai, urged participants to acquaint themselves with existing opportunities in The Gambia to be explored.
He also urged them to be ready to share the knowledge gained with their communities.
Source: The Point
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