SHIFTING SANDS - the Sahara’s migrants oblivion
The Sahel geographical area has always been characterized by great human mobility.
The endemic emigration of these territories has quickly changed over the last few years due to climate change, conflicts and rules concerning migratory phenomenon.
Last in the 2020 HDI (Human Development Index) ranking, Niger has recently changed from
a land of transit to the last frontier before the Mediterranean for migrants attempting to arrive in Europe.
Agadez, a city located on the southern border of the Sahara, is both a departure and return city for many who, after crossing the "sand sea" and arriving in Libya or Algeria, are blocked, imprisoned, tortured and subsequently abandoned in the desert to be repatriated to Niger.
Away from the eyes of Europe, Agadez' migrants are trapped in a dead end oblivion.