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Thirteen out of 46 missing immigrants found dead in the Algerian desert

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
5/12/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Refugees attempt crossing desert into Europe, seeking better lives

Desperate for work and better lives, many African traverse arduous desert expanses in the hopes of reaching Europe. Many lose their lives while doing so. Thirteen out of 46 reported missing immigrants have recently been found dead in their attempt to cross through the Algerian desert.

The forty-six migrants, missing since last week are from Niger. The deaths of the 13 found so far have been attributed to hunger and thirst.

The forty-six migrants, missing since last week are from Niger. The deaths of the 13 found so far have been attributed to hunger and thirst.

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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/12/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Migrants, Europe, Algeria, better lives, deaths


ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Foolhardy excursions across the brutal, relentless desert here have appeared to be only increasing. Many refugees pay the ultimate rice with their lives.

The 13 bodies were discovered just before they crossed the Algerian border. This occurs several times a year. Many try to cross from other African countries to join the European continent through the Mediterranean Sea.

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The forty-six migrants, missing since last week are from Niger. The deaths of the 13 found so far have been attributed to hunger and thirst.

Their most unhappy end has raised the awareness - and sorrow among the local population in Tamanrasset. "This tragic death of people comprising men, women and children fleeing insecurity prevailing in their country, while trying to reach their loved ones with an address in the department of Tamanrasset before continuing their adventure to Europe shocked my feelings. The danger of migrating across the Mediterranean Sea is still claiming dozens of lives.

"This risky adventure corroborates the misery and bad social conditions they are stumbling over since years. This discovery that happened this week has added its sorrow to my heart already affected by the terrorist events we have lived last week," a young man told Catholic Online.

The information is spreading like a wildfire around the region of Tamanrasset, which has recorded increases over the past two years. Algerian authorities are combing the area to find the remaining 33 missing migrants.

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