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Protecting thousands of African migrants die crossing Sahara desert.

Thousands of African die crossing Sahara desert use these routes to reach Libya, the gateway to Europe and a hoped- for better life.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

GENEVA- New records by international organisation for migrants find more than 6,600 Africans have died over the past five years, most while crossing the Sahara desert toward Europe. 2018 year alone, hundreds of eyes-witness accounts have confirmed nearly 1,400 migrant deaths on the African continent and most of the recorded deaths have occured in the Sahara desert, Northern Niger, Southern Libya, and Northen Soudan. The migrants use the routes to reach Libya, the gateway to Europe and a hoped - for better life. The main causes of recorded migrant deaths are starvation, dehydration, physical abuse, sickness and lack of access to medicines. My idea is humanitarian movement with volunteers, members and staff Sahara desert routes, which is to protect human life, and health to ensure prevent all humans crossing and alleviate humans suffering from Sahara desert routes. We want to be born of a desire to bring assistance to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found in routes of Sahara desert . Our purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure advise for them and being guided solely by their needs.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

It's Sahara desert, to survive migrants crossing there toward Europe.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The bridge is Humanitarianism for migrants leaving a community of origin toward Europe . Our mission is to look for migrants are crossing sahara desert to return them home in which we bring for them an expert to train them the way they can make their better life without toward Europe. At the end, we respect the migrants' decision to do our best to what their needs. They may be returned their homes, or camp of refugees.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

My idea is focusing on Migrants Walk or Die in sahara desert without food, water, medicine, guest house where they can spend a night, including pregnant women, and children cross forcing themself to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under a blistering sun. Some never make it out alive. We want be there for above problems.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

we need to provide food, water, medicine, and guest house to migrants crossing in routes of sahara desert toward Europe. We cross in routes where we think we can see that migrants and when we see them we ask for them to give them a help so we can take them to our guest house to be guided to what their needs.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

The Newspapers, televisions, radio, organisations' reports and more continuing to say they are migrants die crossing in routes of Sahara desert toward Europe and a hoped for better- life. These inspired me to think what i can do for that migrants die crossing there to do for them no more deaths in routes of Sahara.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Every day migrants continue crossing sahara toward Europe and they die crossing there. The main causes of deaths indicate that many are preventable. " starvation, dehydration, physical abuse, sickness and lack of medicines. We are in sahara desert of a desire to bring assistance to prevent and alleviate migrants suffering wherever it may be foung in sahara. Our purpose is to give them the priority to most urgent cases of life.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

There is understanding community, to focus on ability of migrants, the nature of publish issues. There is community situational analysis to learn about some valuable tools and procedures that can offer a valuable roadmap on how to persue good community needs. There is safety to use a variety of measures to ensure environment physical safety and to have a safe learning environment. There is the built environment which is our most important habitat. There is environmental health which includes issues related to urban and rulal development, appropriate use of land, transportation systems, and industrial development.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Returning home

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

Group or Organization Name


Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

I don't speak Arabic language and my English is poor but i am right-minded person and what our necessary is creative ideas and skills. We recruit qualified persons and step by step we create to what our migrants want to reach on.

Type of submitter

  • We are individuals who are part of an informal group or collective

Organization Headquarters: Country


Organization Headquarters: City / State



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Photo of burkhard pranke

isidore hakizimana I just put a project onto this platform which is about the same issue with a different approach (see Ecovillage Oko Wa). I guess both our projects might benefit from each other, if we could exchange information and experience. Anyway, I wish you the best for the future!

Photo of isidore hakizimana

It's amazing project to work together
Thank you!

Photo of Maisara Sassi

Hello isidore hakizimana ! I really like your idea, I think it is targeting a very big and detrimental issue that has sadly not received its justice in media coverage and political discourse.

I do have a couple of questions for you and would really appreciate your response:
1. As per the executive procedures and bringing this idea to life, do you plan on getting the approval of any legal authorities in the areas you’ll be working in? If so, did you consider the rather unstable political and legal situation of Libya, and the risks that may hold in carrying out your plan? And what are your measures of protection on this regard?
2. As per the steps to alleviate such problem, what are the key activities to be carried out and in what sequence in order to produce the expected result of returning these migrants safe to their homes?
3. You mentioned “guest houses” several times throughout your proposal, are you planning on setting up official sites on the ground, or is this going to be more on the informal end?
4. Do you have a supported study/ analysis of potential routes these migrants cross? In other words, how do you plan reaching the targeted group, or getting in contact with them?

Wishing you all the best and looking forward to hearing from you :)

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1. Yes we plan on getting the approval  of any legal authorities in the areas of sahara. That may not  hold in carrying out  our plan because we are in humanitarianism and  they are also humans who think and feel.
  We plan the collaborating with governments  migrants are from  and we return them to hands of their governments.
We plan on setting official sites.
Yes, we will have  a supported study of potential routes these migrants cross and we have argents in parts of routes the migrants cross.
Thank you!

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Hello isidore hakizimana, we at NDEF Cameroon have read with interest your idea striving to provide relief to vulnerable people there in their do-or-die trips to Europe.

You are in Rwanda, how do you work in the desert countries?

We feel that instead of allowing the inmates sit idle while you spend from a tight budget to meet needs, you could get some land and engage them for the length of time they would be with you to work and make a contribution to your efforts. As such, we advise here that you could adopt agroforestry practices to better deliver a package encompassing food crops, tree crops and small livestock with man at the centre. A juxtaposition of these components would lead to symbiotic relationships with mutual benefits. Food crops would provide short term benefits; small ruminants would provide benefits in the medium term while tree crops would provide benefits in the long term. Useful trees serve as the farmers’ insurance cover (pension).

On tree planting still, you could adopt vegetative propagation techniques such as grafting and air-layering to produce fruit tree seedlings which deliver fruits in two to three years after planting. In this way, young persons (who are often not patient enough to wait for a long time) will get results of endeavours sooner than later. Nkeng Pius (Executive Director)