Algeria’s deadly expulsions of migrants and refugees into the Sahara Desert have nearly come to a halt after widespread condemnation and the abrupt firing of two top security officials.
The Associated Press reported that, according to UN International Organization for Migration officials, more than 13,000 people – including women and children – had been dropped off in the desert borders that Algeria shares with Niger and Mali since May 2017.
Under three weeks after the report, the expulsions to the harsh, dangerous region have all but ended.
Before the AP reached out to Algeria for comment and published the report on June 26, the North African nation had been expelling migrants and refugees by the hundreds almost every week into the unforgiving desert, sometimes to their deaths.
Algeria has refused repeated AP requests for comment on the expulsions.
The European Union also declined to comment. The expulsions came as Europe pressured North African governments to head off the migrants before they can cross the Mediterranean Sea.
An aid worker