My life in Germany is uncertain but going back to Gambia is not an option

Refugee Kaw Jaiteh is working hard on his future in Germany.

Kaw Jaiteh, a 22-year-old man from Gambia, has done what he could to escape into Germany, he found work in a bakery, got his driver’s license and saved money for a car. Of course, everything seems alright if it were not for the uncertainty of being deported one day because his asylum application was rejected.

Kaw was born on January 1, 1995, in Serekunda. However, this date of birth was issued to him by the German authorities because Kaw had no document with him when he arrived in Germany over four years ago. Ordinarily Kaw wished to work and earn some money, but he had to depend solely on social assistance for a year. “I really do not expect it to be easy for me, “he says. So he worked at Pro Laboratories as a roofer, where he earned 1.05 euros per hour, in addition to the bus ticket and 80 euros in personal support. “Overall, I received 120 Euro every month.”

Since Kaw Jaiteh (left) has his car, it’s easier to get to work at night
(Foto: Th.Bangemann).

Notwithstanding, Kaw is presently employed in Mössinger bakery which he secured through his social worker and his girlfriend for one and a half years. Throughout this period while going to his bakery work, he has to rely on public transport.
“If I arrived just after midnight, I had to wait until 2 o’clock before I could even start my work. “But that has relaxed. Because Kaw now has his driver’s license, a small Fiat and now drives to work. Nevertheless, on that, he invested all his savings.

Well, you could say, if he still does not have the dangerous journey through the Mediterranean to Germany in the bone. “For that, I have paid a lot of money, and it was a very scary ride. No one tells you what to expect at sea.”

He would like to know what awaits him in Germany. “Because my application for asylum was rejected I do not know how things will go – whether I will be deported or not. “It could take a long time, his lawyer told him until the matter is finally settled. Kaw is scared, depressed and often unable to sleep. Most of his friends were surprised and deported while sleeping, he says.

Gambia is not a solution. “I do not know if I will survive, and if I do, I would have to go back to my old environment to survive. There are still the old cliques in power who harassed us. “Kaw worked in Gambia as a truck driver and in the tourism industry before he had problems with the government. When he felt threatened, he fled. He does not want to go back because the new government is also no guarantee for a safe life. The conflicts between the followers of the former dictator and members of other tribes have made Gambia a powder keg, he says.

Finally, he advised the youths in the Gambia to complete a good education at home, to also learn the language of the country in which they want to go to and if possible acquire a good skill before leaving Gambia. But if their lives is not in danger, “it would be better to go Homestay”. Also in Gambia, there are numerous opportunities for young educated people to do something better.

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