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🇬🇲A woman’s game: Fatim Jawara l AJ Shorts



To pursue her dreams as a goalkeeper, Fatim Jawara left The Gambia and took the treacherous migrant route.

Fatim Jawara was a young goalkeeper with a lot of promise in The Gambia. She was 15 when her national under-17 team qualified for the World Cup in 2012. But being a female professional football player in The Gambia was not easy. There was no official salary and Jawara was teased for being “too manly”.

To pursue a better future, Jawara made a decision to go to Europe in 2016. She crossed the Sahara into Libya. From there, she attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to Italy. Every year, thousands of Gambians take this route, known locally as “the back way”.

Director: Claudia Jardim

Producers: Irene Caselli and Mariangela Maturi

Editors: HyoJin Park and Andrew Phillips

Fixer in The Gambia: Modou Lamin Ceesay

This story was funded by the European Journalism Centre
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2 comments

  1. You want to steal money from Europe to send home, you are nothing but a thief. Stay in your country and make it better instead of being a thief.

  2. Please Jazeera , could you make a report about the two Scandinavian women who got beheaded in Morocco recently in a terrorist attack. The terrorists filmed it all (Yes, I have seen the film)and bragged about it in typical muslim manner. Please make a report.

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