On Monday 1 October, 74 migrants, including a woman and two children, were rescued in the desert in Assamaka, after a long walk from the zero point to the border with Algeria. Among them, there are nine different countries of origin: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, The Gambia, Niger, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea Bissau and Liberia.
Through a search and rescue mission organized by IOM, these migrants received the necessary first aid care from our team, and were sensitized by our community mobilizers on assisted voluntary return and reintegration. All accepted this assistance and were transported to the Arlit transit center, where they received direct assistance including water, food, shelter, and medical and psychosocial assistance. All migrants are also assisted with transportation to their country of origin and travel documents.
IOM Niger's search and rescue missions are supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (Nederland en Afrika), DFID - UK Department for International Development, and the European Union in Niger, as part of the Resource and Response Mechanism for Migrants (MRRM).