“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.
search and rescue
Nurse Courtney blogs from the Mediterranean Sea, where she's part of a team helping to rescue people at risk of drowning
‘Talking to people, understanding where they’ve come from, and the ordeal they’ve gone through, their stories are truly shocking.'
"Three days ago - on a day with an exceptionally high number of boats and refugees needing rescue at sea - there were more young children present than I have seen since I started this assignment"
There is an intimacy about living on the boat with the people you have rescued that isn’t present in other projects or jobs. We live with, feed, care for, and hang out with our passengers and patients. When something terrible happens, it hurts all the more.
‘I can’t tell you how it feels to be searching for 140 people in the middle of the sea… it’s been a real mix of emotions over the last few days… I’m exhausted.’
'Working in these sorts of environments, you can't really fully prepare yourself."