In the Sahara desert of Tunisia, a total of six bodies of migrants – two women, and four children met their death in Tunisia desert.
The bodies were discovered on Wednesday night, just two kilometres from the Algerian border near the Tunisian town of Tozeur, according to a Tunisian official who confirmed the news to AFP on Thursday, August 12. Border guards monitoring the area, according to the Italian news agency ANSA, discovered the deceased bodies.
The Tunisian officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity stated, the migrants believed to come from Niger “died of thirst and weariness.” One migrant from the group survived because he went looking for water but became separated from the group along the way.
Following the statement of Governor of Tozeur, Aymen Béjaoui, the family died as a result of the current heat wave that is wreaking havoc on Tunisia and the entire Mediterranean region. And the national weather office in Tunisia further said, temperatures reached a record high of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Tunisian authorities recently stated that they are witnessing an upsurge in African migrants attempting to cross the border from Algeria to Tunisia in order to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.
Tunisian fisherman and navy authorities have discovered scores of drowned migrants’ bodies and rescued hundreds more after multiple boats sank while attempting to reach Europe in recent weeks.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR recorded over 8,000 migrants in Tunisia in June 2021, according to the latest available numbers and the bulk of the population is between the ages of 18 and 59, with children under the age of four coming in second.