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For the 87 Immigrants Who Died in Niger


by Guido Monte


Multilingual Poetry


Translated by Adele Ward



Pic: "cammino" - © 2004 by Guido Monte - Size: 8k
© 2004 Guido Monte



(Swans - November 18, 2013)  

from agadez to arlit,
with two old trucks,
towards tamanrasset,
to go and ask for alms
in front of the mosques.
but in the desert
something broke,
the drivers fled,
and the immigrants found themselves alone
y los migrantes fueron abandonados
abandoned in the Sahara by the "passeurs"
who they had paid a high price

and they were only less
than ten kilometres away
but they did not know it,
nearly ninety souls
nearly fifty children
going from niger towards algeria.

the witnesses found
the corpses spread out in small groups,
each one made up of a mother and her infants
dead of thirst in the sun
muertos en el calor del sol.



picture: cammino by Guido Monte (2004).

From the UK Telegraph "The bodies of 87 migrants have been found in Niger's desert north after they died of thirst just a few miles from the border of Algeria, their planned destination.

"The corpses of the seven men, 32 women and 48 children were in addition to five bodies of women and girls found earlier, a security source said.

"All died in early October after a failed attempt to reach Algeria that began in late September, a source said." [...]

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Published November 18, 2013