Niger halts migrants from crossing desert

The authorities in Niger have prevented 127 migrants from risking their lives by trekking across the Sahara desert on their way to Algeria.

Niger halts migrants from crossing desert

World Bulletin / News Desk

127 migrants have been arrested for trying to cross the Sahara desert in Niger on their way to Algeria.

This comes days after the decomposed bodies of 92 migrants, mainly women and children, were found dead in the desert after their vehicles broke down a month ago. This time most of the migrants were men with only a few women and a few children.

It is believed that the migrants were from Niger and Nigeria, and were leaving the town of Arlit to either work in Algeria or attempt to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

According to the BBC, there are currently about 5,000 African migrants stranded in illegal camps in the northern town of Agadez, all with hopes of migrating north to Algeria and Libya. They pay large amounts of money to illegal traffickers who take them through dangerous land and sea routes, often to leaving them abandoned to die.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Kasım 2013, 17:15