"The youngest of the rescued people is little Aubrey from Cameroon, who is on the boat with her mother and her brother and who on that very day has her first birthday. A somewhat older woman, also from Cameroon, broke into tears in the arms of our doctor immediately after boarding the ship. She says she saw her husband shot in Libya."
"What we know for sure is that the situation of refugees and migrants in Libya continues to be catastrophic. At the last rescue one week ago, I saw the traces of ill-treatment on the back of a 22-year-old Nigerian myself..."
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."