My name is Maguette and I come from Dakar-Yarakh in Senegal. I was still a student when I set off for Spain. Now though I would advise anybody against making this dangerous and pointless journey. You can achieve so much in your own country as well.
I used to work during the school holidays to earn some money. My parents were already old and frail. Then my mother became ill. Her condition got worse, and my family could no longer manage financially. That’s why I decided to go to Spain. A lot of young people in my area were doing the same thing at the time. Everyone thought their problems would vanish into thin air once they got to Europe. But stepping onto Spanish soil is a long way from meaning that you’ve arrived in Spain. I was detained in the Canary Islands and placed in an immigrant camp. I spent six months living there and was then sent back to Senegal.