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Niger’s migrant smugglers use ever deadlier routes through the Sahara

Smugglers are turning to perilous routes through the desert, or even dumping those hoping to reach North Africa. DW visited the transit hub of Agadez where efforts are being made to rescue migrants lost in the Sahara.

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