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Fernando Cava, 29, from Guinea Buissau. It took him a week to travel from there. He passed through Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso until he got to Niamey, where he has been or two months. He needs to work to continue his journey. He has painted five houses and worked as a gardener but still he hasn't got enough money to go to Agadez. He sleeps in the shipping container in the picture, and pays six Euros a week to stay in it. 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.