Saturday, 25 February 2017

Heat, Hunger and War Force Africans Onto a ‘Road on Fire’

Source: The New York Times, 15th December 2016, Text by SOMINI SENGUPTA, Photographs and video by JOSH HANER

SOMINI SENGUPTA reported, "AGADEZ, Niger — The world dismisses them as economic migrants. The law treats them as criminals who show up at a nation’s borders uninvited. Prayers alone protect them on the journey across the merciless Sahara.

But peel back the layers of their stories and you find a complex bundle of trouble and want that prompts the men and boys of West Africa to leave home, endure beatings and bribes, board a smuggler’s pickup truck and try to make a living far, far away.

They do it because the rains have become so fickle, the days measurably hotter, the droughts more frequent and more fierce, making it impossible to grow enough food on their land. (...)"

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