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Hundreds of African migrants ‘abandoned’ in desert: Niger official


Nearly 600 African migrants in Algeria were “abandoned” in the desert before being rescued, an official in Niger said on Sunday

“Three days ago a first wave of 180 from Niger arrived in (the northern Nigerien city of) Agadez followed by another wave of at least 400 foreigners,” a local official told AFP.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the migrants, including children and many women, had been “abandoned” in “the usual atrocious conditions near the border with Niger.”

“According to the migrants, they were taken close to the border and dumped,” he said.

“Left with a minimum of food and water” they then “walked a good 50 km (30 miles) before being rescued.

Some of the migrants were now sick, he said, adding that all were being…

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Hundreds of African migrants abandoned in desert, Niger official says – Punch Newspapers


Nearly 600 African migrants in Algeria were “abandoned” in the desert before being rescued, an official in Niger said on Sunday

“Three days ago a first wave of 180 from Niger arrived in (the northern Nigerien city of) Agadez followed by another wave of at least 400 foreigners,” a local official told AFP.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the migrants, including children and many women, had been “abandoned” in “the usual atrocious conditions near the border with Niger.

“According to the migrants, they were taken close to the border and dumped,” he said.

“Left with a minimum of food and water” they then “walked a good 50 kilometres (30 miles) before being rescued”.

Some of the migrants were now sick, he said, adding that all were being looked…

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Niger will continue to welcome African migrants: president


Niger will continue to be a transit country for migrants, including those entering from neighbouring Libya, President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Saturday.

“We are a people open to hospitality, we are a generous people. We will welcome people who are in difficulty, who are in disarray. It is the tradition of our country,” President Issoufou said after meeting a UN delegation led by Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohamed.

“The main thing is that people do not stay long in Niger. It is necessary that the transit in Niger happens very quickly… that is the only condition that we pose,” Issoufou told journalists.

Libya has become a prime destination for African migrants trying to reach Europe, but it is also dangerous, with many migrants and refugees enduring enslavement, kidnapping, extortion and…

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Niger ratifies agreement on African continental free trade area – Xinhua


ADDIS ABABA, June 9 (Xinhua) — Niger has deposited document with the African Union (AU) for the country’s ratification of the agreement that establishes the African continental free trade area (AfCFTA).

Receiving the document on Friday, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, urged the member states that have not yet done so to take the necessary measures to ratify the AfCFTA, according to an AU statement on Saturday.

Mahamat has also urged the member states to sign and ratify the protocol on the free movement of persons, the right of residence and the right of establishment and to join the single African air transport market (SAATM), which he said are vital for integration of the African continent.

In March, 44 AU member states signed the AfCFTA during the AU…

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Uganda to face Niger, Central African Republic in soccer tournament – Xinhua


KAMPALA, May 16 (Xinhua) — Uganda will play in a three nations’
soccer tournament in Niger as a buildup to the 2019 Africa Cup of
Nations (AFCON) qualification matches slated for later this
year.

The Ugandan football federation on Wednesday said the national
team will face the Central African Republic in the opening match on
May 30 before they face hosts Niger on June 2.

Uganda head coach Sebastien Desabre told reporters that he wants
his players to have several competitive matches before the
qualifiers slated for September and October 2018.

Ahmed Hussein, the federation’s communication manager, said the
team will start training this weekend.

Uganda kicked off their 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign with a
vital 1-0 Group L away win to Cape Verde last year. They will host
Tanzania in…

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Danger pay for US troops in Niger and other African nations


Washington – The Pentagon has approved danger pay for US troops serving in Niger, Mali and portions of Cameroon, nearly nine months after it was requested by the commander and five months after four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger.

The memo signed Monday by Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense, approves retroactive payments going back to last June 7. That is when the additional money was requested by General Thomas Waldhauser, head of US Africa Command.

Maj. Carla M. Gleason says such requests are evaluated independently, taking into account the combatant commander’s recommendation, the classified risk analysis and any other relevant information. She says it often takes time for the requests to be reviewed and either approved or rejected, but the retroactive pay…

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