After spending more than seven years in prison for drug trafficking, a former prisoner has created a board game to raise awareness among young people.
With "Terrain de deal", Arbi Madhaj hopes to alert teenagers to the risks of trafficking, of a stay in prison.
The board game makes it possible to "create dialogue" with young people who are often "unaware" of the crimes they commit on a daily basis.
“I spent seven and a half years in a 9 m² cell banging my head against the walls.
I think that gives me legitimacy to talk about delinquency.
I want to put my bad background at the service of others”.
Arbi Madhaj took a heavy toll when he was convicted of drug trafficking.
Judged at the same time as six or seven accomplices in the deal, the Rennais received a heavy prison sentence.
Carried around in several remand centers in the West of France after a romance with a supervisor, Arbi had found freedom in the spring of 2020, when the whole of France was confined.
His project was clear: he wanted to create a board game to prevent delinquency.
It had taken him less than a year to achieve this and release "Remission of Additional Sentence", which sold a thousand copies.
Less than two years later, Arbi gave birth to a second child called "Terrain de deal".
This time it's all about drug trafficking.
A scourge capable of taking the lives of children who are not yet adults.
And which weighs more than three billion euros per year in France alone.
Arbi Madhaj "You have to tell them that being a lookout even for a kebab is not worth it.
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When he got out of prison, Arbi had had time to think about his bullshit.
But he was especially hit on the head when he saw the “new” methods of the traffickers.
Below his parents' apartment, in Maurepas, the former dealer discovered kids sitting on camping chairs but not really on vacation.
“When we trafficked, we didn't show ourselves, we wanted to be discreet.
Today, the deal points are at the bottom of the buildings.
A mother told me that her children could no longer play downstairs.
It is to inform and protect the youngest that the entrepreneur wanted to talk about his experience.
“They are oblivious to the risks they are taking, what it can cost them and the impact it can have on their families if they end up in prison.
In "Terrain de deal", the player navigates between the four popular districts of Rennes: Le Blosne, Maurepas, Villejean and Cleunay.
As the game progresses, he discovers the risks he runs, the harm his family could suffer and even the type of drugs he sells.
In a country that sees its consumption of narcotics increase every year, young traffickers often have no idea what they are selling.
“Products cut 10 or 15 times.
They stay there twelve hours a day to make 50 euros.
It's not even a minimum wage!
“Arbi gets annoyed.
In fact, some pocket much more and fail to leave the network in which they entered "without really knowing why".
With his board game, the one who left Armenia at the age of 16 hopes to “open the dialogue” with teenagers before it is too late.
“We can't pick up the kids on the deal scene, it makes no sense.
What is needed is to educate, exchange, discuss.
This game is a gateway to talk about it with young people, with their parents,” says Mouhcine Sektaoui, director of Key Form and Solutions.
This training organization, which welcomes many young people in reintegration, fights daily to get young people out of trafficking networks.
Through work, but also through sport or play. "When we talk about our journey, some come to see us afterwards and say: you're right, if I continue, I'll screw up my life," says Arbi.
“I can't save everyone, I'm on my own.
But I want them at least to be aware of the risks”.
A mission that Arbi intends to tackle throughout his second life.
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