Migrants rescued in Nigerien desert-, UN

Online desk |  4 weeks ago | international

The UN says 44 West African migrants were rescued last week in northern Niger while trying to enter Libya.

The International Organisation for Migration says they were stranded in the desert for two days after their vehicle broke down.

The 29 men, 12 women and three girls were found near the town of Dirkou, in north-eastern Niger.

In late June the military in Niger said the bodies of 10 migrants were found near the Libyan border.

Many West African migrants try to reach Europe via Libya and the Mediterranean Sea.

There have been numerous reports of people being abused in Libyan detention centres and migrants being abandoned in the desert by smuggling gangs.