On Friday, the 13th of July, 391 migrants were rescued in Assamaka by IOM Civil Protection and search and rescue teams, having arrived on foot from Point Zero on the border with Algeria.
Of the 391 people who arrived in Assamaka, 315 migrants were assisted and transported to the Arlit transit center on Sunday, July 15th, and another 64 arrived on their own at the Arlit transit center. Three medical cases were assisted by the IOM medical team in Assamaka and transported to Arlit, while nine migrants decided to return to Algeria from Assamaka.
Among them, there were 16 different countries of origin, including Guinea-Conakry (199), Senegal (18), Côte d'Ivoire (29), Cameroon (47), Mali (16), Benin (13), Liberia (19), Burkina Faso (23) and Nigeria (11).
At the transit center for IOM migrants in Arlit, rescued migrants 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 activities are supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (Nederland in Afrika) and the European Union in Niger under the Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM).