Rounded Up and Left for Dead

Algeria has expelled some 13,000 migrants in the past 14 months, leaving them stranded in the Sahara desert without food or water. Scores have perished as a growing number of sub-Saharan migrants—pregnant women and children among them—are rounded up "dropped in the desert and pointed in the direction of Niger," sometimes at gunpoint.

The uptick comes amid growing EU pressure for North African nations to crack down on migrants headed north to Europe. 135 people were dropped at Niger’s border in May 2017, compared to 2,888 in April 2018, according to International Organization for Migration estimates.



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