Niger 18 migrants found dead in Sahara desert
Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies They were part of a wave of migrants trying to reach Libya to board smugglers’ boats across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.“This tragedy highlights a feared but hitherto little-known danger too many migrants face long before they risk their lives at sea,” said William Lacy Swing, the IOM’s director general.“The Sahara may be as deadly as the Mediterranean for this wave. All too tragically many of these deaths go unreported,” Lacy added.The dead included 17 men and one woman. They came from Niger, Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Central African Republic, Liberia, Guinea and Algeria.The route through northern Niger is heavily trafficked. In October 2013, Niger authorities recovered 92 bodies of migrants who died of thirst after the trucks they were traveling in broke down.The IOM estimates that 1,865 people died this year through mid-June trying to cross the Mediterranean.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of How do cataracts affect your vision?