Six migrants found dead in the Tunisian desert
Two women and four children were found dead in the Tunisian desert, an official confirmed on Thursday. It is presumed that they are “dead of thirst”.
The bodies of six migrants, two Nigerien women and four children, were found in the southwest of the Tunisian Sahara Desert, a Tunisian official confirmed to the news agency on Thursday (August 12th). Agence France Presse (AFP.)
Their bodies were found Wednesday evening, just two kilometers from the Algerian border, near the Tunisian city of Tozeur. The Italian press agency ANSA reported that their bodies were found by border guards patrolling the area.
A migrant from the group survived because he went to fetch water but got lost on the way and did not return to the group.
‘Death of thirst’
The migrants are believed to have “died of thirst,” the Tunisian official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. As unrest has intensified in Libya, Tunisia has increasingly become another transit country for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who hope to reach the Mediterranean coast before boarding a boat for Europe.
In June 2021, the most recent figures, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, recorded more than 8,000 migrants in Tunisia. The majority of the country’s people are between 18 and 59 years old, with children under the age of four being the second most populous group.
The vast majority of migrants who have been registered by UNHCR in Tunisia this year are from Côte d’Ivoire, the second most populous group comes from Syria, then people from Guinea, Sudan and Cameroon make up the third group. people.
Tunisia is also facing political, social and economic difficulties and more and more migrants (both Tunisians and sub-Saharan Africans) are embarking from Tunisia to Italy and the islands of Lampedusa and Sicily. Indeed, the majority of migrants arriving in Lampedusa are from Tunisia.
Like many countries around the Mediterranean, Algeria is suffering from the current heatwave, where many fires have broken out. At least 69 people are believed to have died there last week as a result of a fire.
According to the Naples-based Italian online site Fanpage.it, Tunisia also experienced “record temperatures” this summer, reaching peaks even for a semi-arid region “not seen for decades”. Fanpage.it reported that temperatures in some cases reached almost 50 degrees Celsius.
Even when migrants manage to cross the desert, the dangers do not end there. Earlier this week, the Tunisian navy reported, 29 people were killed in a boat that sank off the coast of Tunisia. Among those who died were both Tunisians and sub-Saharan Africans. So far this year, more than 1,000 people have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean, according to the United Nations Migration Agency’s Missing Migrants Project.
With AFP, ANSA, Fanpage.it