Bertran Fanko, from Cameroon, travelled to Niamey with the intention of travelling on to Europe. Father Anselmo, an Italian priest working with migrants in the city, convinced him not to. Anselmo said to him: 'Are you crazy? Do you want to die?' Now he is sure about what he wants to do. He is going back to Cameroon but before he goes he needs money to start a business when he gets back. He took a course learning how to apply artificial nails and now offers this service around the town using images downloaded from the web to show clients his repertoire. Many youths throughout West Africa dream of making the journey to Europe where they believe they will be able to make a life for themselves and send money home to their families. For this they are willing to risk their lives in a perilous journey across the Sahara Desert and then by rickety boats to Europe. The reality is that they are prey to exploitation throughout the journey and for those making the final sea voyage death by drowning is a common fate. Even those reaching the fabled European shore are usually returned after a prolonged period incarcerated in a migrants detention centre. Niamey has become a staging post where groups of young men often become stranded as they try to raise the funds necessary to continue their journey.