Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara

Photos Jerome Delay | Text Lori Hinnant

Algeria’s government has expelled over 13,000 migrants in the Sahara Desert in the past 14 months, giving them little choice but to walk to safety across the border to Niger or Mali or die trying. 

Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara

Nameless migrant's silence enshrouds his story in mystery

Photos and text Jerome Delay

The only certainty about the man is that he was expelled from Algeria with thousands of others before ending up in a transit camp in Arlit, Niger.

Nameless migrant's silence enshrouds his story in mystery

Traveling off the map on the Trans-Sahara highway

Photos and text Jerome Delay 

Once a well-worn roadway for off-road connoisseurs, the Trans-Sahara Highway is now a favored path for migrants heading north in hopes of a better life _ and more recently thousands who are being expelled south from Algeria.

Traveling off the map on the Trans-Sahara highway