June 25, 2018
Algeria has denied mistreating migrants amid claims it has abandoned more than 13,000 in the Sahara Desert over the past 14 months – including pregnant women and children.
The country has been accused of expelling the migrants without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under a blistering sun before being left to die.
Pictures show migrants coming over the horizon by the hundreds under temperatures of up to 48C. Officials from the International Organisation for Migration have warned of a looming ‘catastrophe’.
In Niger, where the majority head, the lucky ones limp across a desolate 10-mile no-man’s-land to the border village of Assamaka, the Associated Press said.
Others are reported to have wandered for days before a UN rescue squad can find them.
This article was posted: Monday, June 25, 2018 at 6:57 am