“We Had To Drink Our Own Pee To Survive” – Woman Who Survived The Sahara Desert For 10 Days Recounts Her Ordeal



A 22-year old Nigerian woman, Adaora, who was trying to travel to Europe through the Sahara Desert has been rescued after being abandoned by her traffickers for 10 days.

The International Organisation for Migration reported that Adaora was the only woman who survived from her group.

In search of a better life, Adaora left Nigeria in early April with two close friends, who both died in the desert.

Out of the 50 migrants on the pick-up truck from Agadez to Libya, only six are alive today.

In two days, 44 of the migrants died, leaving the remaining six to walk on foot, looking for help.


“We were in the desert for ten 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.

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“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. We had to drink our own pee to survive. I couldn’t walk anymore. I wanted to give up.”

Adaora was carried by two other migrants until a truck driver picked them up and took them to local authorities who alerted IOM staff.

By the time the six survivors reached IOM’s transit center in Dirkou, Adaora was unconscious.

She is currently recovering at the transit center for migrants in Niamey, waiting to go back to Nigeria.

She explained that she had no idea that the journey was going to be like that, else, she wouldn’t have embarked on it.

She wants to continue her work as a nurse when she arrives Nigeria.


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