18 migrants die in bid to cross the Sahara

The bodies of 18 migrants who likely died of dehydration have been found in the Sahara desert in northern Niger, the International Organisation for Migration said.

18 migrants die in bid to cross the Sahara

Giuseppe Loprete, the IOM’s chief of mission in Niger, said in a statement today that the migrants were believed to have died on June 3 after a sandstorm threw them off their route from the northern town of Arlit to Algeria.

Most of the dead came from West African countries, part of a wave of migrants trying to reach Libya to board smugglers’ boats across the Mediterranean into Europe. They included 17 men and one woman.

Meanwhile, about 2,000 migrants, who had been stranded for days in the Greek island of Lesbos, have arrived in Piraeus, south west of Athens.

Many told Greek TV stations that they would like to travel on to Germany, or other European Union countries.

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