NIAMEY, Niger, Only six immigrants from Ghana and Nigeria, out of 50, survived death by thirst in the Sahara desert, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported.
The dead bodies of 44 people, including newborns and minors, were rescued by a Nigerian military unit sent to the area in which they were, according to information given by the survivors who managed to walk to a community and alert the authorities.
The group of undocumented people was travelling in a truck that broke down and had to continue on foot the impossible journey through the Sahara, the world’s biggest desert in which temperatures reach almost 60 Celsius degrees during the day and minus 21 Celsius degrees during the evening.
ICRC sources believe that the journey through the Sahara was the first part of an ultimate goal that was Europe, which is flooded with the arrival of illegal immigrants due to increased conflicts, drought and famine in several African countries.
Until late May, more than 1,700 fatalities have been reported in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach the European coasts, according to official statistics that are described as incomplete due to non-included missing people and others killed in clandestine operations.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK