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73 Nigerians, Others Rescued In The Sahara Desert After Being Abandoned By Smugglers

About 100 Libya-bound migrants, including women, have been rescued from the Sahara desert in Niger after being abandoned by their smugglers.
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The migrants, 73 Nigerians, 15 Malians, 9 Ghanaians and 3 Togoleses are believed to have been hoping to travel on to Europe and were discovered by a military patrol.
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“The migrants were subjected to terrible torture by their smugglers, before being abandoned without food or water.
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The migrants were saved close to the arid dusty town of Achegour, a transit point for migrants seeking work in Libya or trying to reach the sea to sail to Europe.
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It comes after at least 44 Libya-bound migrants, including women and babies, died of thirst in the Sahara desert two weeks ago after their vehicle broke down in scorching conditions.
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Temperatures in Agadez currently hover at around 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), but have hit almost 50 degrees Celsius in the past.
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Last year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) recorded 335,000 migrants heading northwards out of Niger.
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Many perish while trying to cross the desert in crammed pick-up trucks with often meagre provisions of water, as jerrycans carrying fuel take priority.
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Germany and Italy last month called for an EU mission to be installed on the border between Libya and Niger to reduce the migrant flow. By mid-April this year, Italy had registered nearly 42,500 migrants, mostly Nigerians coming by sea, 97 percent of them arriving from Libya.
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To fight against people smuggling, the Niger government in 2015 passed a law banning the illegal trafficking of migrants with those found guilty facing a prison sentence up to 30 years, yet the trend has continued to linger.
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One response to “73 Nigerians, Others Rescued In The Sahara Desert After Being Abandoned By Smugglers”

  1. I couldn’t resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!
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