75 stranded Nigerian migrants, others rescued in Sahara desert

Seventy-five Nigerian migrants, 41 of them women, including twin four-year-old girls, as well as four Togolese, three Ghanaians, and a Malian, were saved last week after their smugglers abandoned them in the Sahara desert in northern Niger, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. A team from the IOM and Niger’s Civil Protection service found the group of eighty-three 230 kilometers (140 miles) from the crossroads town of Dirkou on September 3, the agency said. They had left the Nigerien town of Agadez, the main stepping-off point for…

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