I almost joined criminal gangs due to lack of jobs
The temptation of getting involved in risky jobs
I thought by travelling to Europe I would overcome all the problems I had in Africa, but the situation in Europe was almost the same as in Africa. Sometimes I would feel so desperate that I thought of participating into risky ventures that would mean a life of crime. Luckily I always controlled myself.
Before applying for my visa to Europe, I had no idea what Schengen meant, or which countries were in the Schengen region. I asked Richard the visa dealer how to get into the UK and he abused my ignorance to plan a fake trip for me.
I was green about everything in the process of obtaining a European visa. But then I witnessed it myself, when my best friend took me to the office of a visa dealer in Kampala. I was shocked with what I saw in the visa dealer’s office because I had never imagined that people who go there experience such real hardships including being shouted at, shading tears and ladies being asked for sex by the dealers in the guise of getting that sticker in their passports. One major thing I noticed, money talks in the visa dealer’s offices because without money you’re nobody to them.
I was a freelance photojournalist in my country and enjoying an average standard of living. I could survive and also support my family with the basic necessities of life on the small salary I was earning. I can say I was content with what I had and life was okay until I saw the richness and the luxurious life of my friends who had migrated to Europe. I admired them and their richness so much to the extent that I started regarding myself as one of the disadvantaged people in society.