Meet Adaora, The Nigerian Woman That Survived 10 days In Sahara Desert
She is 22-years old and is extremely lucky to be alive.
Whatever may have driven her into taking the perilous journey to Europe by road must have been the same thing that inspired her to cling to life without water for ten days.
Adaora, (not real name) survived the death pangs of Sahara Desert after being abandoned by traffickers.
She was the only woman to have made it among the 6 migrants that survived the ordeal on May 28 2017, according to International Organisation for Migration, IOM.
Adaora left Nigeria in early April hoping for a better future in Europe but fate was against it.
“There were 50 migrants on the pick-up truck when it left Agadez for Libya, but only six are still alive today,” Giuseppe Loprete, Niger Chief of Mission for IOM, said.
“We were in the desert for 10 days. After five days, the driver abandoned us.
“He left with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours, but he never did,” Adaora recalled.
During the next two days, 44 of the migrants died which persuaded the six left to start searching for help.
“We had to drink our own pee to survive,” said Adaora who is now in an IOM camp in Niamey, Niger.
Her friends had not been that lucky. The two of them that she had left Nigeria were among the 44 that died in the desert.
“They were too weak to keep going. We buried a few, but there were just too many to bury and we didn’t have the strength to do it. I couldn’t walk anymore. I wanted to give up,” she said amid sobs and tears trickling down her face.
Two other migrants carried her until a truck driver picked them up and took them to local authorities who then alerted IOM staff in Dirkou.
By the time the six survivors reached IOM’s transit centre in Dirkou, Adaora was unconscious.
She received medical assistance, and once recovered, she gave a detailed account of her experience to both the authorities and IOM staff.
Two of the other migrants from the group went back with IOM staff and the authorities to find the bodies and identify the victims.
After having received medical assistance at IOM’s transit centres in both Dirkou and Agadez, Adaora is currently recovering at IOM’s transit centre for migrants in Niamey, awaiting her imminent voluntary return to Nigeria.