Malian Ousmane Goro, 29, has been stranded in Niamay after authorities clamped down on people crossing the Sahara Desert after 92 people died in the desert in October 2013. Some members of Ousmane's family have managed to get to Europe and his dream is to be reunited to them. His parents gave him some money and he is waiting for his chance to organise a group to cross the desert. 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.