A UN agency is warning of an emerging crisis along the Niger border after Algeria began dumping migrants in the Sahara Desert.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says it has dealt with almost 10,000 migrants abandoned in the desert since September.
Some have been left by traffickers, but others were deported by Algerian authorities – left in the desert and told to walk to the nearest border town.
In the searing heat, a number of people have died.
One migrant, from Mali, recounted his own experience:
“They took all our belongings – money, mobiles, everything. They treated us badly. They dropped us in the Sahara Desert.
And then, we were forced to walk dozens of kilometres to reach Assamaka. the border town. It was like walking through hell. Pregnant women and underage children were trudging along as the Sahara sun was beating us down. We had nothing to eat, and we heard that at least two people died in the dunes.”
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