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Smuggled Through Niger - 28 May 2015
African migrants in overcrowded pickup trucks, encouraged by social media messages from friends who survived the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, set off from Agadez, an ancient trading town on the edge of the Sahara, to cross Niger in the uncertain journey towards Europe via Libya, where the collapse of the government has offered an open door for smugglers. Mostly young men, escaping grinding poverty in neighbouring Benin or Burkina Faso, face bandits and often have to pay bribes en route, on top of the hefty payments to people smugglers. International focus on the issue of migration into Europe has sharpened after hundreds of migrants drowned while trying to cross the sea from North Africa in overcrowded and unsafe vessels.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXEE
May 28, 2015
Illegal immigrants wait to board a bus at dawn from Niamey to a local immigration transit centre in the...
Niamey, Niger
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Illegal immigrants wait to board a bus at dawn from Niamey to a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 22, 2015. African migrants in overcrowded pickup trucks, encouraged by social media messages from friends who survived the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, set off from Agadez, an ancient trading town on the edge of the Sahara, to cross Niger in the uncertain journey towards Europe via Libya, where the collapse of the government has offered an open door for smugglers. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXDV
May 28, 2015
Migrants from Burkina Faso disembark from a vehicle after arriving at a motor park in the desert town...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrants from Burkina Faso disembark from a vehicle after arriving at a motor park in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 22, 2015. Mostly young men, escaping grinding poverty in neighbouring Benin or Burkina Faso, face bandits and often have to pay bribes en route, on top of the hefty payments to people smugglers. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXE3
May 28, 2015
A sunset is seen over the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
Agadez, Niger
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A sunset is seen over the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXEC
May 28, 2015
A minaret is seen at a sunset in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye...
Agadez, Niger
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A minaret is seen at a sunset in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXEA
May 28, 2015
People walk past a hotel near the main market in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde...
Agadez, Niger
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People walk past a hotel near the main market in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXEG
May 28, 2015
A man walks past a pizzeria shop in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 23, 2015.REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye...
Agadez, Niger
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A man walks past a pizzeria shop in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 23, 2015.REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXE0
May 28, 2015
A picture of the Agadez landmark minaret is painted on the door of a building in the desert town of Agadez,...
Agadez, Niger
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A picture of the Agadez landmark minaret is painted on the door of a building in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXDT
May 28, 2015
A man sits on his motorbike at the main market in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. in overcrowded...
Agadez, Niger
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A man sits on his motorbike at the main market in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. in overcrowded and unsafe vessels. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXE4
May 28, 2015
A girl walks past sticks that will be used for building in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015....
Agadez, Niger
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A girl walks past sticks that will be used for building in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXD5
May 28, 2015
Slippers are seen at the entrance of an Islamic school near the main market of the desert town of Agadez,...
Agadez, Niger
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Slippers are seen at the entrance of an Islamic school near the main market of the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXDS
May 28, 2015
A cleric teaches at an Islamic school near the main market of the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24,...
Agadez, Niger
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A cleric teaches at an Islamic school near the main market of the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXD4
May 28, 2015
A man walks past a currency exchange business near the main market in the desert town of Agadez, Niger...
Agadez, Niger
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A man walks past a currency exchange business near the main market in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCW
May 28, 2015
A man repairs household electrical appliances in his shop in the main market in the desert town of Agadez,...
Agadez, Niger
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A man repairs household electrical appliances in his shop in the main market in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 24, 2015 REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXDI
May 28, 2015
Mayor of Agadez, Rhissa Feltou, poses for a picture in his office in Agadez, Niger May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde...
Agadez, Niger
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Mayor of Agadez, Rhissa Feltou, poses for a picture in his office in Agadez, Niger May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCX
May 28, 2015
Migrants from Benin sleep on mats as they wait for transport at a local immigration transit centre in...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrants from Benin sleep on mats as they wait for transport at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCP
May 28, 2015
Migrant, Sanoussi, 28, poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrant, Sanoussi, 28, poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXC8
May 28, 2015
Migrant Idriss Alassaane, 15, who was a mechanic's apprentice from Benin poses for a portrait at a local...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrant Idriss Alassaane, 15, who was a mechanic's apprentice from Benin poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXDD
May 28, 2015
Migrant Nassirou, 19, from Nigeria poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrant Nassirou, 19, from Nigeria poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXE8
May 28, 2015
Migrant Seidou, 19, from Nigeria poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrant Seidou, 19, from Nigeria poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXD8
May 28, 2015
Migrant Bouso Mammadou, 24, from Nigeria poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrant Bouso Mammadou, 24, from Nigeria poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCY
May 28, 2015
Migrant Mounssirou Alassaane, 17, who was a tailor from Benin poses for a portrait at a local immigration...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrant Mounssirou Alassaane, 17, who was a tailor from Benin poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCV
May 28, 2015
Migrant Naossirou, 18, poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrant Naossirou, 18, poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCM
May 28, 2015
Ismael Fousseni, 16, who is from Benin, sits for a portrait at a local immigrant transit centre in Agadez,...
Agadez, Niger
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Ismael Fousseni, 16, who is from Benin, sits for a portrait at a local immigrant transit centre in Agadez, Niger May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCK
May 28, 2015
Migrant Baroo, 19, poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez,...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrant Baroo, 19, poses for a portrait at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXC2
May 28, 2015
Migrants arrange their bags as they prepare to get into a truck at a local immigration transit centre...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrants arrange their bags as they prepare to get into a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger 25, May 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCI
May 28, 2015
A migrant changes his shoes as he prepares to get into the back of truck at a local immigration transit...
Agadez, Niger
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A migrant changes his shoes as he prepares to get into the back of truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCC
May 28, 2015
Containers wrapped with wet sacks filled with water to be used by migrants who are preparing to board...
Agadez, Niger
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Containers wrapped with wet sacks filled with water to be used by migrants who are preparing to board a truck prior to their journey at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXCE
May 28, 2015
Migrants who are preparing to board a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrants who are preparing to board a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXBW
May 28, 2015
Migrants queue to get onto the back of a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrants queue to get onto the back of a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXC6
May 28, 2015
Migrants watch as a man arranges their belongings in the back of a truck at a local immigration transit...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrants watch as a man arranges their belongings in the back of a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXBU
May 28, 2015
A migrant holds a container of water wrapped with a wet sack as he sits at the back of a truck at a local...
Agadez, Niger
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A migrant holds a container of water wrapped with a wet sack as he sits at the back of a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. The container is wrapped in a wet sack to keep the water cool. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXC5
May 28, 2015
Migrant Nassirou, 19, from Nigeria wears a turban to protect himself from dust and heat as he sits in...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrant Nassirou, 19, from Nigeria wears a turban to protect himself from dust and heat as he sits in the back of a truck with other immigrants, at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXBN
May 28, 2015
Migrants hold containers of water wrapped with wet sacks as they sit in the back of a truck at a local...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrants hold containers of water wrapped with wet sacks as they sit in the back of a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXBV
May 28, 2015
Migrants sit in the back of a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez,...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrants sit in the back of a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXBP
May 28, 2015
Migrants sit on their belongings in the back of a truck as it is driven through a dusty road in the desert...
Agadez, Niger
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Migrants sit on their belongings in the back of a truck as it is driven through a dusty road in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/NIGER
RTX1EXBK
May 28, 2015
Light from vehicle illuminates the legs of migrants siting at the back of a truck as it is driven through...
Agadez, Niger
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Light from vehicle illuminates the legs of migrants siting at the back of a truck as it is driven through a dusty road at night from the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
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