Seven years since Alan Kurdi’s tragic death, the Mediterranean and Aegean seas have become a mass graveyard

Activist tell The Civil Fleet how the situation for the people at Fortress Europe’s walls has only got worse since the two-year-old boy’s lifeless body was seen across the world IN THE seven years since the tragic death of the two-year-old Syrian-Kurdish boy Alan Kurdi, the Mediterranean and Aegean seas have become a mass graveyard,Continue reading “Seven years since Alan Kurdi’s tragic death, the Mediterranean and Aegean seas have become a mass graveyard”

Refugee support organisation Josoor calls for donations after donor pulls out following Greek authorities’ ‘criminalisation campaign’

Meanwhile, five NGO refugee rescue ships continued to be held in Italy AN NGO that supports refugees in Turkey is appealing for financial help after a donor withdrew a promise of funding following unconfirmed reports that the Greek authorities are investigating its activities. Austrian NGO Josoor said today that it had previously received a writtenContinue reading “Refugee support organisation Josoor calls for donations after donor pulls out following Greek authorities’ ‘criminalisation campaign’”

Alan Kurdi freed after six-month detention

A JUDGE in Italy ordered the release of another NGO refugee rescue ship last week. The Alan Kurdi, a ship operated by the German NGO Sea Eye, saved the lives of 133 people in the central Mediterranean on its last mission in October 2020 before the Italian authorities accused it of failing safety regulations andContinue reading “Alan Kurdi freed after six-month detention”

At least 150 dead and over 1,000 refugees intercepted in one month, yet Europe continues to blockade the NGO rescuers

In the 31 days since the last NGO rescue ship was seized, the central Mediterranean remains the world’s deadliest border where human rights are insignificant IT HAS been a month since the Italian port authorities seized the last NGO refugee rescue ship operating in the central Mediterranean. In the last 31 days, over 150 peopleContinue reading “At least 150 dead and over 1,000 refugees intercepted in one month, yet Europe continues to blockade the NGO rescuers”

Activists and relatives call for rescue of survivors adrift in the Mediterranean for nine days

THE LIVES of six people onboard a boat adrift in the Mediterranean for nine days are at serious risk, activists warned today. The relatives of the people on the boat first contacted Alarm Phone, an activist network which operates a hotline for refugees in distress at sea, about the case last Tuesday. Alarm Phone alertedContinue reading “Activists and relatives call for rescue of survivors adrift in the Mediterranean for nine days”

Another desperate weekend at Europe’s borders for refugees and the activists trying to save them

Hundreds returned to war-torn Libya by EU-supported coastguard while the Alan Kurdi rescue ship is detained in Italy for the second time this year IT WAS another fraught weekend for refugees attempting to reach Europe by sea and for the activists trying to help them. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed on Sunday that theContinue reading “Another desperate weekend at Europe’s borders for refugees and the activists trying to save them”

125 refugees on the Alan Kurdi continue four-day wait for land

Meanwhile, the fates of 4 people intercepted by the EU-supported Libyan Coastguard remain unknown THE Italian coastguard evacuated eight people this morning from an NGO refugee rescue ship whose calls for help had been ignored for four days. The Alan Kurdi picked up 133 people, including 62 minors, from three boats in the central MediterraneanContinue reading “125 refugees on the Alan Kurdi continue four-day wait for land”

76 refugees jump off the Open Arms in a desperate bid to swim to Italy

NGOs blast European governments for keeping the rescued in limbo for nine days MORE than 70 refugees jumped overboard from an NGO rescue ship today in a desperate bid to swim to Palermo on the Italian island of Sicily. Seventy-six of the 275 refugees on board the Open Arms threw themselves into the water inContinue reading “76 refugees jump off the Open Arms in a desperate bid to swim to Italy”

Doctors Without Borders to resume lifesaving missions in the central Mediterranean

Charity announces new alliance with refugee rescuers Sea Watch as European states continue to ignore migrant deaths INTERNATIONAL charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is to resume lifesaving operations in the central Mediterranean on board a new rescue ship. MSF announced yesterday that it was teaming up with German refugee rescuers Sea Watch on board theContinue reading “Doctors Without Borders to resume lifesaving missions in the central Mediterranean”

NGO rescue ships finally released after month-long seizure in Italy

Meanwhile, a refugee woman gives birth on a dinghy stranded off the coast of Libya TWO REFUGEE-rescue ships detained in an Italian port for over a month were finally given permission to leave today as refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean continued to be pushed back to Libya. Italian authorities seized the Alan Kurdi andContinue reading “NGO rescue ships finally released after month-long seizure in Italy”

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