Listen: Sahara migration route: Many would die without us, migration agency warns
"They cod move with you and us every month, the UN rescues, Ron one thousand in two hundred people from divest Sahara, desert near Niger, many after they've been abandoned by traffickers, who promised to take them to Libya, Nigeria or Morocco, in an interview with Daniel Johnson from you and us jewel millman from the UN migration agency, ICM says it without its help virtually all of them would perish what we follow the SARS what we found since the beginning of time. Is that they're extremely lethal temperatures are high conditions are very rough hard sometimes to find water very hard to find fuel trucks, get abandoned migrants, get abandoned. There are accidents. There are people who died hydration or even murder. So if finding it's an extremely lethal environment. It's also an enormous expanse of territory to try to cover. We do our best we've done one hundred and eighty nine mission. Since April twenty sixteen approximately twelve hundred people month are taken out of the desert this way. It's an average of forty a day. Of course, we're not finding people every day. And you think you. Saved twenty thousand lives. You think since two thousand sixteen we think it's safe to say that the entire population that we brought out, which is almost twenty thousand people virtually all of them would have perished if we had not been able to find them. So the migrants themselves must know that the journey is paralleled, that they're going to be in the hands of traffickers, that there was a high risk of them dying. Why do they continue to do this? Well, certainly, they know that, and certainly another risks involved, we hear a lot of people say that it's God's decision when I die, or I would have died, if I stayed at home, I mean, there is a kind of fatalism that comes along with this, that desperate, they're desperate or they're hopeful there Embiid who can't always know, but we do know is ninety eight percent of the people that we brought out, do choose voluntary return to their homes. So it makes it very strong impression to escape death this way and they'd rather go with the known misery at home than continue on how many change their mind again. We just don't know. So we're talking about nesia here. But in neighboring Mali, you don't really have access, but you would like to. Yeah, we're at a lot of countries across the region. We want to make clear that the twenty thousand rescued isn't simply one country and there are other countries we'd like to do more and like Molly. But this is something that we've been active in across the region, including in southern Libya said, what happens next you're going to continue to rescue these people. You have these refuge centres, Fulton as a big win in ECE macaroni, think you were saying, so we're just going to carry on listening to, you telling us about these people crossing the Sahara, and dying being picked up, what's Iowa? I'm going to do about this. We plan to add resources to an ongoing project called the missing migrants project. We use it all over the world. It's very key. Indentifying routes and particularly hotspots violence are dangerous lurk. We've had a lot of success with this around the world pointing out places where there's an alarming concentration of homicides or behavior deaths this very helpful to thirties, and help to our own planning and trying to rescue people and know where the act of spots are across the world and we plan to add those resources in this region. So we can do a little better job of identifying danger before it takes another life. Finally, maybe you could just. Explain the kinds of how chips that people men, women and children are facing once they decide to get in a truck crossed the Sahara hardships, obviously, mistreatment by smugglers is a key trucks are overloaded trucks are poorly supplied trucks have to be pushed out of revenge or holes that they get stuck in the often, the migrants are not only neglected in their welfare, they're often used as part of the machinery, to move others along when someone gets hurt or falls off a truck, they will often be abandoned."