Bashir Ama was a people smuggler in Agadez, a desert city in Niger known until recently as the people-smuggling capital of Africa. But conditions have changed, and Bashir Ama has opted to fund a football team instead.
False rumors about a safe passage to Europe have drawn a large number of migrants to Agadez – even from far-away Asian countries. This is putting pressure on the city as well as on migrant organizations on the ground.
More than 100,000 migrants pass through Agadez in Niger every year as they struggle to reach Europe. Some pass through it a second time - on the return journey back to their homeland.
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