and Pascal Dugas Bourdon MISE À DAY
- First names: Mobaye and Papa
- Age: 46 and 37< /li>
- Nationality: Senegalese
- Place of departure: Argentina
A Senegalese man left behind his three daughters and his wife hoping to be able to settle in North America and thus offer them a brighter future.
“I left Senegal to find a better life. Currently, with the political regime there, there is nothing good. People want to go out to support their families. And I fear for my safety,” says Mobaye, 46.
He has lived in Argentina for the past six years. But his salary conditions were no longer profitable enough to feed his family properly. He therefore made the decision to go north, with what the crossing of the Darién entails.
Not only difficult, but very costly. Indeed, the many stages of the journey require expenses, such as hiring a guide to cross the forest or traveling by bus. Not to mention the numerous cases of theft.
“I started the crossing with $1,700. I have $5 left,” says Mobaye. “But it was a risk I took to support my family.”
Dad left Brazil last spring hoping to go to the United States.
TO THE UNITED STATES
His brother, Dad, also left Senegal for economic reasons, before settling in Brazil for 7 years.
“I need to go to the United States to earn more. This is the main reason that prompted me to leave Brazil,” explains the 37-year-old man.
“I cannot achieve my dream: to have a house and raise my family”, explains the one who nevertheless studied five years at the university.
His crossing of the Darién was anything but easy: “We encountered all the difficulties, but thanks to God, we succeeded.”