Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

44 Migrants Die of Thirst in Niger While Crossing Desert

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

44 Migrants Die of Thirst in Niger While Crossing Desert

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NIAMEY, Niger * At least 44 migrants, including babies, have died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the Sahara Desert as they were making their way to Libya, an official in Niger said Thursday.

Niger is a major route for West African migrants making their way toward Europe. Some 300,000 migrants passed through the vast West African nation in 2016 alone, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Most of the dead migrants were from Ghana, said the prefect of Dirkou locality, Bachir Manzo. They included three babies, two children and 17 women. The official said six people survived and were being cared for in the Dirkou migrant center.

It is impossible to know how many migrants are lost in the desert with so many making their way north. …

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