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The Bodies Of 92 Migrants Have Been Found In Niger

The migrant workers are thought to have died from thirst after the trucks they were traveling in broke down.

Posted on October 31, 2013, at 8:44 a.m. ET

The bodies of 92 migrant workers have been recovered in the Saharan desert, as confirmed by the governor of the Agadez province in Niger.

The trucks were traveling through North Africa, from Arlit to Agadez. The first vehicle is said to have broken down after leaving Arlit, with the second vehicle breaking down while trying to return to Arlit to retrieve supplies. According to a rescue worker, most of the bodies were of women and children and were found in a "horrible" state of decomposition.

Although the trucks are said to have left Artlit at the end of September or beginning of October, the authorities were unaware of the accident until a woman, one of the 21 survivors, walked over 30 miles to a nearby city. It's reported a man also managed to survive the walk, but that his young daughters died from thirst along the journey.

The BBC report that the bodies were given a muslim burial upon being discovered.

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