Rights of Children on the Move

1. West Africa

18-year-old Issa from Tougué, Guinea, was on the move in search of work to support himself and his family. He left his village to dig gold in the town of Kounsitel but things did not go as planned. Issa ended up without money and homeless in another part of the country. In 2021, together with Save the Children, we launched our inter-regional child and youth on the move project PROTEJEM (Protection of Children and Young People on the Move). The EU funded project offers children and young people like Issa protection and empowering environments. The project is part of our efforts to reinforce the transnational dimension of our protective accompaniment approach along the migratory routes of 20 countries in West and North Africa.

Find out more about the PROTEJEM project.

I slept at the Tinkisso crossroads for a long time. Then one day, I met the PROTEJEM mobile teams who helped me with food, accommodation, care, clothing, and many other things. Today, thanks to them, I even have work which allows me to meet my needs. They supported me in opening a motorcycle wash, gave me training and encouraged me to work well.

Issa, a young beneficiary from Tougué in Guinea