AFRICA/NIGER - Migrants left to die of thirst, men, women and children

Thursday, 16 June 2016 migrants  

Christine et Fabio

Assamakka (Agenzia Fides) - Niger's Interior Ministry announced the recent discovery of the bodies of 34 migrants, among them also 20 children, in a desert area near the border with Algeria. Among the 14 adults there are 9 women and 5 men.
They were abandoned by people smugglers and probably died of thirst. In the statement, the Government added that the bodies were found near Assamakka, referring to a border post between Niger and Algeria. Niger is part of one of the main migration routes between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, and the International Organization for Migration estimates that, in 2015, about 120 thousand people crossed the Niger Agadez region. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 16/06/2016)