Humanity 1 finally assigned a port, but rescuers warn the 42-hour journey to get there will push the survivors and crew to the limit

Meanwhile, the Open Arms Uno now carries over 400 survivors and the corpse of a 20-year-old Eritrean man THE Humanity 1 rescue ship has finally been assigned a port of safety after spending close to two weeks at sea. “Last night, the 398 rescued on the Humanity 1 were assigned Taranto, Italy as a safeContinue reading “Humanity 1 finally assigned a port, but rescuers warn the 42-hour journey to get there will push the survivors and crew to the limit”

Humanity 1 running out of food, water and medical supplies for 398 refugees

European authorities ignore crew’s 16 calls for a port to disembark the rescued AN ACTIVIST-RUN rescue ship carrying over 390 survivors in the central Mediterranean is running out of water, food, medical supplies and baby milk powder, the crew warned today after their 16th call to the European maritime authorities went unanswered. The situation aboardContinue reading “Humanity 1 running out of food, water and medical supplies for 398 refugees”

Europe ignored refugee rescuers’ Mayday calls, activists say

110 people are now cramped aboard the Astral after their boat capsized. With no food or water, the ship sails for Lampedusa THE AUTHORITIES ignored Mayday calls sent by two activist-run refugee rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea last night as they struggled in the dark to pull 110 people from the water. Two sailingContinue reading “Europe ignored refugee rescuers’ Mayday calls, activists say”

Activists save 64 refugees, a day after preventing the Libyan coastguard from intercepting 75 others

SOS Mediterranee’s Ocean Viking rescue ship now carries almost 300 survivors ACTIVISTS saved the lives of another 64 people in the central Mediterranean today, a day after they prevented the EU-supported Libyan coastguards from intercepting over 70 refugees. Today’s rescue was carried out in a joint operation by the Astral, Nadir and Imara monitoring shipsContinue reading “Activists save 64 refugees, a day after preventing the Libyan coastguard from intercepting 75 others”

Rescuers save the lives of 86 people at ‘the most dangerous frontier on the planet’

Meanwhile, activists blast the Greek government on anniversary of Moria fire AN NGO ship saved the lives of over 80 people in two rescue operations today, the first one occurring within hours of reaching “the most dangerous frontier on the planet.” The Astral, a ship operated by the Spanish charity Open Arms, left Syracuse onContinue reading “Rescuers save the lives of 86 people at ‘the most dangerous frontier on the planet’”

Activists rescue 148 refugees in less than 24 hours

Europe’s Mediterranean human rights crisis described as ‘one of the most grim examples of ineffective and inhumane responses to migration’ after 1,500 people are pushed back to Libya in last three days ACTIVISTS have rescued over 140 people in less than 24 hours in the central Mediterranean. The Astral, a ship run by the SpanishContinue reading “Activists rescue 148 refugees in less than 24 hours”

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’”

Rescuers call for urgent meeting with Italian PM following coastguard’s failure to prevent 130 refugees from drowning

Meanwhile, the Ocean Viking rescues over 230 people including 114 unaccompanied children off the coast of Libya today REFUGEE rescuers have called on Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi for an urgent meeting following the deaths of over 100 people in the central Mediterranean last week. Around 130 people drowned off the coast of Libya lastContinue reading “Rescuers call for urgent meeting with Italian PM following coastguard’s failure to prevent 130 refugees from drowning”

Open Arms finally allowed to bring rescued refugees to shore following the dramatic evacuation of a child

A CIVILIAN rescue ship that was kept at sea for five days finally began disembarking over 200 refugees in Italy today, following the dramatic evacuation of a child last night. The Open Arms rescue ship saved the lives of 219 people in 24 hours at the weekend in waters that Malta is legally responsible forContinue reading “Open Arms finally allowed to bring rescued refugees to shore following the dramatic evacuation of a child”

Libyan coastguards intercept and return close to 1,000 refugees to arbitrary detention

Meanwhile, over 200 others are safely onboard the Open Arms rescue ship NEARLY 1,000 refugees were intercepted and returned to Libya over the weekend, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) warned today. Over 470 people attempting to flee the war-torn country were intercepted by the EU-supported Libyan coastguard on Saturday night and a similar number wereContinue reading “Libyan coastguards intercept and return close to 1,000 refugees to arbitrary detention”

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