By Alhagie Babou Jallow
Future In Our Hands- the Gambia FIOHTG in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports has recently sensitized 120 participants on the consequence of illegal migration, early marriage, teenage pregnancy, gender base violence, drug abuse among others.
The sensitization forums were held in Chargel and Nyamenkunda villages in Upper Fulladu West District, Central River Region south, and twelve (12) communities benefited from the sensitization activity.
Addressing participants the regional program officer for FIOHTG, Omar Tamsir Cham said the sensitization is aiming at enlightening the participants on the consequence of illegal migration, early marriage, and teenage pregnancy among others which affect their wellbeing within the society and find possible solution for the challenges.
Cham further called on the young people to resist the back-way temptation and join the government in developing the country.
“The North African countries are not friendly as many Gambian youth over the years were arrested or kidnapped during their journeys. The youth can work to earn their living in this country without going abroad,” he said.
He said early marriage is detrimental to the health of the young girls, because it’s seriously affecting the women during pregnancy and labor.
He implored on the participants to avoid early marriage in order to ensure the healthy condition and prevent them from complications.
Muhammed Camara a participant commended FIOHTG for organizing such an important forum for the youth, adding that these are the major factors affecting their lives and livelihood.
He said there are many challenges the youth encounter on the back way to Europe which include death, economic challenges of families, unnecessary arrest, and kidnapping among others.