400 migrants saved in Sahara-UN
London, May 22, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Nearly 400 African migrants, short of food and water, were found by a search-and-rescue team in the Sahara last week, the International Office of Migrations (IOM) said Tuesday.
“No fewer than 386 migrants, citizens of third countries, were found stranded in the desert in Niger, with little water and no food or identity papers,” the agency said on its Niger Facebook page.
The migrants were found by a team that had been combing the desert for them between Arlit and Assamaka, a town on the border with Algeria.
The OIM says it has carried out 18 such rescue missions since the start of the year, saving 3,000 people.
Niger has become one of the main routes for African migrants heading north to the Mediterranean coast in the hope of crossing to Europe.
The Saharan route is notorious for its dangers, which include breakdowns, lack of water and traffickers who abandon migrants in the desert.