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Kano man dies in Sahara en route Libya

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Migrants in the Sahara

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

A resident of Sharada Gidan Dinya area of Kano metropolis, Kabiru Idris Garba has lost his life on the road to Libya.

KANO TODAY reports that the deceased was one of 41 passengers who died when the vehicle conveying them across the Sahara desert broke down in Niger Republic north of the city of Agadez.

The deceased’s father Idris Garba told reporters that his son was on his way to Libya to find work.

“We learned that not a single passenger survived the thirst and hunger after the vehicle broke down in the Sahara,” he said.

He added that they lost contact for about five days before they were traced to the Sahara.

Thousands of African migrants have been dying in the Sahara following a ban on human trafficking by Nigerien authorities.

Since 2015 migrants crossing the Sahara into Libya are forced to find new routes which are far from water sources, thereby resulting in higher mortality rates.

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