Since the beginning of 2021, Taher Laouel and Attoumane Boukar, whistleblowers for Alarme Phone Sahara, have twice participated in the rescue of people in distress in the desert - a practical initiative against the consequences of policies of externalisation of borders that put the lives of migrants and refugees in danger.
On 28th ofAugust 2020, Laouel Taher, alert person of Alarme Phone Sahara (APS), was informed of an accident 90km west of Dirkou in northern Niger by a satellite phone call. According to current reports, four people have died and two have been injured.
Frequent cases of distress in the desert have already killed many people during the last few years. The whistleblowers of Alarme Phone Sahara, likeLaouel Taher, are doing their best to assist people in distress and help to save their lives.
Practices of active solidarity, which should not be forgotten even in times when the corona crisis seems to overshadow everything:
On 12th and 13th of March 2020, 38 persons were rescued with the assistance of an Alarme Phone Sahara team near the Mafrouss well in the desert near the border between Niger and Libya.
Images of rescue of 28 migrants between Achinouma and Latai in the Tenéré desert.
Thursday, 14th of March 2019, the team of Alarme Phone Sahara whistle blowers from Bilma participated in the rescue of a group of 25 persons who had been in distress in the desert for several days due to a breakdown of their vehicule. The people concerned were citizens of Niger on their way for seasonal migration to Libya.