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Bodies of 34 refugees who died of thirst found in Niger desert

Bodies of 34 refugees who died of thirst found in Niger desert

The bodies of at least 34 refugees abandoned by people smugglers and left to die of thirst have been found in the Niger desert.

According to a statement issued by the country’s Interior Ministry, the refugees including 20 children died while trying to cross the desert into neighbouring Algeria between June 6 and June 12.

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“Thirty-four people, including five men, nine women and 20 children died trying to cross the desert,” a statement from the ministry read.

“[They] were abandoned by people smugglers.”

The statement said that only two of the bodies have so far been identified: a man and a 26-year-old woman, both from Niger.

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