Thousands of migrants stranded in Libyan desert

migrants fleeing Libya

migrants fleeing Libya

Thousands of migrants fleeing Libya are in desperate need of food and water after spending weeks in the desert, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Around 2,000 migrants from Chad in West Africa have been discovered so far in the southern towns of Gatroun and Sebha.

IOM's spokesman, Jean Phillipe Chauzy says the agency expects to find many more in the desert.

"These migrants composed of mainly women, children and the elderly, were on their way to Chad. The insecurity between Sebha and the Chadian border is so that these people were stuck for weeks in extreme conditions in the middle of the desert. They are waiting for assistance and evacuation. So this operation is extremely difficult for several reasons. Sebha is relatively accessible, Gatroun which is further South, is not."

IOM is looking into ways to evacuate the migrants to safety.

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