Migrants abandoned at Sahara desert border

Algeria has expelled more than 13,000 migrants in the past 14 months. They start at Point Zero, a spot along the Algeria-Niger border. There they are forced, sometimes at gunpoint, to walk through the Saharan desert without food or water. It is nine miles from there to Assamakka, the nearest town in Niger. According to the International Organization for Migration, 11,276 of those people expelled have survived the march to Assamakka. The survivors must then choose: to go further south into Niger and return to the countries from which they first migrated, or to turn north to The Dune, a small trading post of trucks and donkey carts, and from there to attempt the trek to Algeria again.


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Caroline Binley