Sa­hara refugees res­cued

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

THE UN mi­gra­tion agency in Niger has saved more than 600 lives since April through a new search and res­cue oper­a­tion that tar­gets mi­grants stranded in the Sa­hara Desert.

How­ever, many did not sur­vive. A 22-year-old woman was the only fe­male among the sur­vivors of a res­cue mis­sion on May 28. She left Nige­ria in April hop­ing to reach Europe. There were 50 refugees on the truck when it left Agadez for Libya, but only six are alive to­day.

“We were in the desert for 10 days. Af­ter five days, the driver aban­doned us. Dur­ing the next two days, 44 peo­ple died, so the six left started walk­ing to look for help,” she said.

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