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.
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"They never have to worry about being lost at sea again"
"We are very happy that we have a port of safety."
"It just goes to show the disrespect shown to these people and how dehumanised the situation is."
"A rescue is only complete when people are disembarked in a port of safety."
"These people deserve to be disembarked in a port of safety."
"The boat eventually ran out of fuel at the exact point between the Maltese and Italian waters. The likelihood of that happening is very, very slim, but that's exactly what happened."
"Our main concerns were they had no lifejackets, no food, no water."