Mirage is a weekly TV series that is produced by Dereje Demele and directed by Tesfaye Gebremariam and Samuel Tesfaye. Mirage shows the complicated deceptions by smugglers, and the exploitative techniques they use to deceive young vulnerable Ethiopians into taking irregular journeys in search of better opportunities. It features popular Ethiopian artists who were also engaged in script development, acting and directing.
The series was launched by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and the National Theatre with the financial support of Italian cooperation on November 30, 2018. In Ethiopia, IOM is engaged in extensive awareness-raising and behavior change initiatives at the grassroots level through community conversation, forum theatre performances and peer education, as well as community and school outreach.