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    As many as 34 bodies of migrants were found in Niger’s Sahara Desert near the border with Algeria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the BBC, citing Interior Minister Bazoum Mohamed, the incident happened near the small desert town of Assamakka. The migrants died of thirst between June 6 and 12, having been abandoned by their smuggler. Twenty of them were children.

    The region lies on a major migrant route between sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, with some 120,000 people crossing it in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

    Many EU member countries have faced a large-scale migrant crisis recently, with tens of thousands of refugees risking a journey across the Mediterranean to flee violence in North Africa and the Middle East.

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    migrants, refugees, Bazoum Mohamed, Assamakka, Sahara, Niger, Algeria
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