African migrants endure desert heat to flee from Libya to Chad

Thousands of African migrants are enduring the desert heat in the remote northern towns of Faya and Kalait in Chad to flee violence in Libya, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The agency says that 23,000 mainly Chadian migrants have arrived in the towns and more are arriving on trucks carrying up to approximately 150 people daily.

IOM spokesperson Jemini Pandya says 14 trucks carrying mainly women and children are reported to be en route to Faya and expected to arrive there any day soon after a torturous journey.

“Our staff say that temperatures in this area are well above 50 degrees centigrade. Those who manage to safely arrive in Faya are extremely dehydrated physically exhausted by such a demanding journey. They have had to by and large at least a two week trip across the desert without food and water on an open and crammed vehicle in the full sun and there are no towns along the route to stop at for any of them to actually get supplies.”

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