Thirst kills 40 refugees
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