Migrants Die of Thirst in Niger. Better Than Drowning…?

Die of Thirst in Niger

Where are the cool refreshing waters of the Mediterranean when you need them? Just weeks after several migrant boats sank in the Mediterranean drowning the majority of their passengers, dozens of migrants travelling to Algeria from Niger have died of thirst in the Sahara desert after their vehicle broke down.

Rhissa Feltou, the mayor of Agadez, the main town in northern Niger, said that 35 of the 60 travellers trying to reach Algeria had died of thirst. Travellers counted up to 35 bodies – mostly women and children – but many others have been reported missing. Those who had more camel-like water retention abilities managed to survive and all 19 of them were taken to a nearby Niger town and presumably given water.

The trouble began when one of the two vehicles headed towards Tamanrassett, an Algerian town in the heart of the Sahara, broke down. The working vehicle emptied its passengers and continued driving with a plan to find some spare parts and return to repair the other vehicle. In the meantime the migrants started to get pretty thirsty so they dispersed into small groups in search of an oasis. Several days of walking around aimlessly later – no oasis. However, five survivors did manage to reach a town and alert the army – but by that time many were already too parched to continue living.

Poor migrants – they can’t make it by desert and they can’t make it by sea. The question is: is it better for migrants to die of not enough water or too much water? Tricky.

Via: AFP

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