Thirst kills 40 refugees

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MORE than 40 peo­ple, in­clud­ing three ba­bies and two chil­dren, have died of thirst while trav­el­ling through the Sa­hara Desert af­ter their lorry broke down in north­ern Niger, as they tried to reach Europe.

The Red Cross in the Bilma re­gion said six sur­vivors man­aged to walk to a re­mote vil­lage where they re­ported that 44 peo­ple, most of whom were from Ghana and Niger, had died of thirst.

A search for the bod­ies is un­der way. In a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent last June, the bod­ies of 34 refugees, in­clud­ing 20 chil­dren, were found in the Sa­hara Desert near the bor­der with Al­ge­ria af­ter they had died of thirst af­ter be­ing aban­doned by their hu­man traf­ficker. ANA

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