Courtney Bercan, a nurse from Vancouver, Canada, worked with Médecins sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on a search-and-rescue boat in the Mediterranean in 2016, the Dignity I. In December 2018, MSF was forced to stop operations of its last rescue boat in the Mediterranean, the Aquarius, due to political pressure from several European countries. This news triggered harrowing memories for Courtney.

Unaccompanied Minors

“Unaccompanied Minors” rescued by Aquarius roughly fall into two categories: those who are close to 18 and those who are nowhere near that age, travelling without a responsible adult. The younger members of this are as young as nine. Imagine being nine years old and taking local transit alone. Now imagine crossing a continent and a sea by yourself. Or, as we sometimes see, crossing the continent and the sea while caring for up to three younger siblings.