Rescue workers in Niger say they have found the
bodies of 87 people who died of thirst after their
vehicles broke down as they tried to cross the
Rescue worker Almoustapha Alhacen said the
corpses were in a severe state of decomposition and
had been partly eaten, probably by jackals.
Those found are thought to be migrant workers and
their families. Most were women and children.
Niger is on a popular migrant route between sub-
Saharan Africa and Europe.
But among those who make it across the desert,
many end up working in North African countries.
According to Mr Alhacen, one of the vehicles that the
migrants were travelling in broke down some time
after they left Arlit at the end of September or
beginning of October.
Security officials have said the second vehicle broke
down as it was on its way back to Arlit to get spare
It appears that some of the group set out on foot,
including up to 10 people who made it back to Arlit
and raised the alarm, he said.
It was reported on Monday that five bodies had been
On Wednesday, volunteers and soldiers working in
searing heat found other corpses across a wide area
about 10km from the Algerian border.
Given that at least 48 of those found were children or
teenagers, Mr Alhacen said it was possible they were
on their way to low paid jobs in neighbouring Algeria.
Speaking from Arlit, a centre for uranium mining
north of Agadez, he told the BBC that he had
experienced the worst day of his life when he found
the bodies.

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