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    Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the Sahara Desert

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    It's a story which beggars belief and I can't confirm it's veracity. However the NYP and other agencies are running with it.



    Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the Sahara Desert over the past 14 months, including pregnant women
    and children, expelling them without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under a blistering sun.
    Some never make it out alive.


    Key Points:
    • Algeria has forced more than 13,000 migrants to travel across the Sahara without food and water
    • Algeria's mass expulsions have picked up since October 2017
    • The International Organisation for Migration estimates more than 30,000 people could have died since 2014


    The expelled migrants can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds, appearing at first as specks in the distance under
    temperatures of up to 48 degrees Celsius.

    In Niger, where the majority head, the lucky ones limp across a desolate 15-kilometre no-man's-land to the border village of Assamaka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    across a desolate 15-kilometre no-man's-land to the border
    Tough walk in the desert, but hardly "across the Sahara"

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    Lets be honest, the world is tired of illegal immigrant sob stories.

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    Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the Sahara Desert
    Probably end up in Thailand as quality tourists, TAT assuming they'll be 'rich arabs'

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    Must be a pretty awful origin to risk such hardships, easy to scorn the economic migrants but I'm sure many of us have moved for better opps albeit legally.

    Sad that often the fit young and skilled leave leaving the host country bereft, such has been the fate of Ireland and NZ in the past and I'm attending a conference on the topic soon.

    I know I get pissed off when the tv net are off for a few minutes and cannot remember last time I was too hot probably Riyadh at 54 many moons ago or -26 in Finland in 2000

    There is no quick fix, unless the rich prepared to kill/imprison send back every single one, there will be hope of better life in EU or USA , Oz is luckier as an island, NZ of course has already had the cream of the Pacific Ireland and Australian talent
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    Those with lesser cognitive reasoning should refrain from commentary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    There is no quick fix, unless the rich prepared to kill/imprison send back every single one
    One could always invest in their home country. Employed family men have less reason to leave.

    But that is utopia, unobtainable to many, but being tried by some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    Lets be honest, the world is tired of illegal immigrant sob stories.
    The World = a few select Western countries.

    The World.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    Lets be honest, the world is tired of illegal immigrant sob stories.
    I suppose that depends on your level of compassion and where you stand as a decent human being.

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    How did they get there in the first place? Presumably walking the same route they are being walked back. If they can walk there, they can walk back. No biggy.

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    It is only 9 km what is the outrage?

    This is the fallacy of western news media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    How did they get there in the first place? Presumably walking the same route they are being walked back. If they can walk there, they can walk back. No biggy.

    You have to remember the average African IQ is about 70, some of them could not find the way home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary View Post
    I suppose that depends on your level of compassion and where you stand as a decent human being.

    Compassion is over rated, usually it's just virtue signalling by people who post sympathy on the internet. These rat bags are usually exploited by the media who present emotional stories about their plight to replace reason, they love to get the kiddies in a pic of course, can't argue with that. What are they doing there and why did they leave home? probably think they are on their way to Europe for handouts like the other couple of million before them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    Compassion is over rated, usually it's just virtue signalling by people who post sympathy on the internet. These rat bags are usually exploited by the media who present emotional stories about their plight to replace reason, they love to get the kiddies in a pic of course, can't argue with that. What are they doing there and why did they leave home? probably think they are on their way to Europe for handouts like the other couple of million before them.
    I can imagine they leave home to escape poverty, war, violence, persecution, lack of opportunities....People are entitled to search for a better life for themselves and a safer life for their kids. If I was unfortunate to be born in one of these desperate countries I would be doing exactly the same. What they are escaping from must be pretty bad if they are prepared to take their families across open deserts and treacherous seas in the desperate search for some light at the end of the tunnel.
    Your lack of empathy with some of the worlds most vulnerable people reflects your upbringing and standard of education which in its self is very sad.

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