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IOM rescues 25 Niger migrants 3 days after being stranded in desert

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Twenty-five Niger migrants have been left stranded in the middle of a desert while, after failing to get to their supposed “greenland” have been rescued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The IOM on Tuesday announced that twenty-five Niger migrants, including women and children, who were abandoned by their driver in the middle of the desert in northern Niger have been rescued.

The IOM revealed that the migrants were rescued “last weekend in the Sahara Desert by (teams of) IOM and the Directorate of Civil Protection of Niger,” said the UN agency in a Facebook post.

The United Nation agency further revealed that survivors, whose destination was not specified, “remained without food and water for three days” before they were found by the agency.

A report on Oxfam.com says every day, thousands of people undertake a perilous journey to seek refuge and protection in a country other than their own. Pushed by hunger, forced to flee violence or persecution, they leave everything behind and follow illegal and unsafe routes in search of safety. Sometimes however the journey itself costs them their lives.

It is reported that in 2015 between 80,000 and 150,000 people crossed the harsh and arid desert zone in northeastern Niger on their way to Europe. Most of them were young, sometimes very young, men, coming from Cameroon, Senegal, Gambia, or Guinea. The majority transited through Agadez, the last city in the north before starting their journey across the desert to reach the Libyan coast.

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Cattle hustlers kill 11, including eight police officers in North Kenya

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At least 11 people, including eight police officers and a local chief, have been killed by suspected cattle rustlers in northern Kenya, police said.

The victims, according to the police report, were killed in the drought-stricken Turkana county rustlers whom they had been chasing after they had rustled several herds of cattle on Sunday.

In the statement, the county police said that a “criminal and cowardly ambush by cattle rustlers had taken place in Turkana county and while being pursued by officers and the locals, eight police officers, two civilians and one a local chief were killed.”

“The police officers who were killed had been pursuing members of the Pokot ethnic group who had attacked a village and fled with cattle,” the statement said.

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Egypt sends food aid, medical supplies to ‘Somali brethren’

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The Egyptian government on Sunday, dispatched two military jets loaded with food aid and medical supplies to war-ravaged Somalia as “part of its continued support and solidarity with the brethren in country during crises and hard times,” a statement from the country’s Presidency said on Monday.

“Two military jets loaded with large quantities of aid headed to Somalia as per the directives of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

“The aid is an affirmation of the depth of historical ties and relations between Egypt and Somalia as well as Egypt’s leading role towards Africa during times of crisis,” the statement said.

The aid package, according to the Egyptian government, also included two military medical crews who will “participate at treating and transporting injured military forces in Somalia in the recent terroristic attacks there.”

“In addition, Egypt military medical sector set the required preparations for receiving the injured Somalian soldiers.

This is not the first time Egypt is playing the big brother in other countries especially those with Arabian ties as it has sent several medical aid shipments to Arab and African countries including Tunisia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and others, which they believe has the famed ‘brethren’ with them.

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