Snapshot from the surge of migrants heading to Europe: Nine die, hundreds rescued in Sudan-Libya desert

Sand dunes in Tadrart Acacus a desert area in western Libya. Wikimedia Commons

KHARTOUM: Nine illegal immigrants have died among some 300 abandoned by smugglers in the scorching Sudanese-Libyan desert, with the others in poor condition, Khartoum’s army said on Wednesday.

“They were on their way to Libya as illegal immigrants,” spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad said.

“The smugglers left them in the desert… on the border between Sudan and Libya,” he said, adding that all of the dead were Sudanese.

The others are from various nationalities and include Ethiopians, Eritreans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, Saad said.

Separately, he said on the defence ministry website that the total number of victims was 319 and that the rescue was by a joint force of Sudanese and Libyan troops.

“Nine of them died and the others are in a bad condition. They are getting treatment and being transferred to Dongola,” the statement said, referring to a town about 500 km northwest of Khartoum.

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The report does not say they were heading for Europe, but that is a safe guess.  I found this short report on the Pakistani English new site Dawn, who likely reported it because of the Pakistani contingent.

So, do-gooders of Europe, by encouraging these people, you are responsible for this and heaven knows how many other cases, some maybe never found.

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