Libyan-Sudanese border patrols have found twenty dead migrants in the town of Dongola, the last Sudanese city before crossing the desert that separates the border between the two countries, and have managed to rescue another eight alive from an illegal two-vehicle convoy .
As reported by the commander of the joint border forces, Colonel Ali Mohamed Taha Said, the convoy seemed to come from the Sudanese state of North Darfur bound for the Libyan coast.
The eight rescued, all Sudanese, enjoy a “perfect state of health,” the colonel stressed in a note collected this Friday by the official Sudanese news agency SUNA, without giving more details about the circumstances of the discovery.
Libya is one of the most important transit areas for migrants heading to Europe. They are trying to reach the Mediterranean Sea from their home countries in the Horn of Africa through Libya, destabilized for years by various civil wars.
From there, the migrants attempt to make the perilous journey to Europe in small boats, vulnerable to shipwrecks.