Search and Rescue

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Search and Rescue

In July 2019, Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced that we would be returning to the Mediterranean, along with our partners SOS MEDITERRANEE, in order to prevent more lives being lost at sea. This decision was made in the face of a sustained campaign by European governments to disrupt search and rescue operations, which had previously forced us to halt our life-saving work in December 2018.

Why search and rescue?

Every year, people fleeing violence, insecurity, poverty and persecution at home make a perilous attempt to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. 

In 2018 alone, it’s estimated that over 2,000 people died in the attempt. 

MSF is a medical, humanitarian organisation. We could not stand on the shore while thousands of people died. We began search and rescue operations in 2015. 

In the posts below you can hear first-hand from MSF staff who have been part of these operations. In them they share their own stories and those of some of thousands of people rescued at sea.  
 

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