« There is no future in my country (…) and violence reigns across the region », he tells Nawaat, alluding to the armed conflicts in Mali, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. Lamin arrived in Tunisia by land in 2019: « I crossed Guinea, Mali and Algeria before arriving in Tunisia ». He notes that « It was less dangerous then ». The young Subsaharan says that he has never attempted to cross over to Europe and imagines rebuilding his life in Tunisia.

Nawaat met Lamin in Tunis, just outside the Terre d’Asile office where he was waiting for a friend. Showing a warm smile, the young man agreed to share his rather uncommon story.