Nigerian Refugees Die as Niger Deports Thousands

An official and witnesses say Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram. They said Wednesday a dozen people died during a three-day trek in severe heat. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said it was alerted by Niger and sent trucks to collect the exhausted refugees at the border. The agency's Charles Otegbabe, director of search and rescue, registered the new arrivals in Gaidam town, in the northeastern Borno state. Two of the refugees said about a dozen people died along the way due to lack of water, including a woman and the twins she had just given birth to. Niger said Monday it was carrying out military operations in the Lake Chad area and ordered citizens to move inland. Niger is currently hosting more than 100,000 other Nigerian refugees who have fled Boko Haram and who apparently are being allowed to remain in camps outside the Lake Chad area.