34 migrants, including 20 children, found dead in Niger desert

Migrants on pick-up trucks leave the outskirts of Agadez, Niger, heading across the Niger desert towards Libya and, ultimately, EuropeThe bodies of 34 migrants, including 20 children, who were abandoned by people smugglers while trying to reach neighbouring Algeria were found in the Niger desert last week, authorities said. “Thirty-four people, including five men, nine women and 20 children died trying to cross the desert,” Niger’s interior ministry said in a statement. “They probably died of thirst, as is often the case, and they were found near Assamaka,” a security source told AFP, referring to a border post between Niger and Algeria.

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