At Least 92 Migrants Dead After Vehicles Broke Down in Sahara

In Niger


Stranded in the unforgiving expanses of Niger's Sahara desert after their vehicles broke down, scores of people, almost all of them women and children, slowly died of thirst.

The migrants had been trying to reach Algeria, Azaoua Mahaman of the Synergie nongovernmental organization said Thursday.

Instead, they died of dehydration, unable to escape the sandy wastes of the Sahel.

A total of 92 bodies have been found, Niger security forces told CNN Thursday. Synergie earlier put the number found at 87.