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29 year old Malian Boubakar Traore has been travelling since 2007. In that time he has been back to Bamako, it is easier to work there and twice he has managed to get to Algeria but never managed to cross the desert. The journey goes on, at the moment he is living with a community of Malians in Niamey and works occasionally. He says: 'When I come back to Niamey it is to follow the journey, there is no other reason.' 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.