My name is Mohammed and I came back to my home country of Gambia a few months ago. Now that I’m back home again, my day starts with me getting up as the sun rises and going into the cow shed, where I milk the cows. Some of the milk is for my family, but I take the rest to the small shop in our farmyard that I opened after I came back, where I sell fresh milk every day. Then I sit down to update the books, where I document our income.
My parents used to raise cattle, horses and sheep here in our home town of Sare Hamadi, and even as a child and a younger man I used to help out with the work on our farm. It became more and more difficult to earn a living that way though, so I emigrated to Europe in 2015. But last year I came back home, because I realised that my proper place is here with my wife and my four children. Unlike before, this time I’m optimistic about the future. I used my time in Germany to fully prepare for making a life for myself here.