Alice is a midwife who has just started her assignment on board MV Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, run jointly by Doctors without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE. She shares her thoughts about her first rescue on board Aquarius...
As the situation in Libya becomes increasingly unstable, thousands of the people working there have found themselves kidnapped, detained, and abused. Some are later packed onto dangerously unseaworthy boats on the Mediterranean Sea. Cultural mediator Shafiqul blogs about his role on an MSF search and rescue vessel, and shares the stories of some of the people he has met there…
Better weather means more dangerously overcrowded boats will set off from Libya, full of desperate people. Mark blogs about a rescue of 195 people from a small raft, and what happens when the team finally docks at port.
"I just heard 800 people were picked up today. That’s between us, the one other NGO ship and the Italian Coast Guard. That’s 800 people, even though it’s winter when everyone thought things would settle down."
Mark has recently joined the team on the MV Aquarius, a search and rescue ship operated jointly by MSF / Doctors without Borders and SOS MEDITERRANEE. Here he blogs about the team's work in the Mediterranean.
"The first thing I noticed was the huge scar that he has on his wrist. We began to talk about everything and nothing: from the Africa Cup of Nations football league to his crossing of the Mediterranean. I gain his confidence, he trusts me and decides to tell me his story."
I am a cultural mediator working on the MV Aquarius. I've previously worked on the other two MSF search and rescue projects: Dignity 1 and the Bourbon Argos. Cultural mediators help the people we rescue and the staff on the ship communicate with each other. It's not just about translation, it's about understanding the different cultures people are coming from and how this impacts on how they understand each other.
I'm originally from Tunisia, but I now live in Italy.
'I'm excited and happy and it refreshes my mind immensely! My current assignment has brought me aboard a search and rescue vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. Sometimes we have waves of up to six meters high.'