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”

Geo Barents saves hundreds of refugees in just over 24 hours

Meanwhile, the authorities refuse to aid over 800 others aboard the Sea-Watch 3 and Ocean Viking A CIVILIAN rescue ship has saved the lives of over 200 people in the central Mediterranean in less than 48 hours, while the authorities continue to ignore over 800 refugees aboard two other vessels. The Geo Barents, operated byContinue reading “Geo Barents saves hundreds of refugees in just over 24 hours”

A day for ‘sadness and rage’ as pregnant woman dies and 22 others go missing at Europe’s deadly Mediterranean border

MSF’s Geo Barents rescue ship pulls 71 people from shipwreck RESCUERS reacted with “sadness and rage” today following news of the death of a pregnant woman and 22 others in the central Mediterranean yesterday. The Geo Barents rescue ship came upon a sinking rubber boat in the evening after her crew was alerted to aContinue reading “A day for ‘sadness and rage’ as pregnant woman dies and 22 others go missing at Europe’s deadly Mediterranean border”

131 refugee lives saved as further evidence of Mediterranean pushbacks emerge

Meanwhile, in Britain, campaigners launch legal challenge against government’s ‘medieval-style Rwanda banishment’ plans ACTIVIST rescuers saved a further 131 people in the central Mediterranean today, as more signs of illegal refugee pushbacks were discovered. The activist-run Ocean Viking rescue ship carried out what it described as a difficult operation in three-metre high waves in theContinue reading “131 refugee lives saved as further evidence of Mediterranean pushbacks emerge”

‘I knew we wouldn’t be able to save them all’

Sea-Watch crew member BREN DAN gives a first-hand account of pulling desperate, drowning people out of the Mediterranean I’VE BEEN away with Sea-Watch for the last few weeks. I want to share what happened to one of the boats we went to rescue.  It was the fourth of the five boats we rescued. A sinkingContinue reading “‘I knew we wouldn’t be able to save them all’”

Civilian rescuers save 247 lives in less than 48 hours in the Mediterranean

CIVILIAN rescuers saved hundreds of lives in the central Mediterranean in less than 48 hours at the weekend. The Ocean Viking, a ship operated by European charity SOS Mediterranee and the International Federation of the Red Cross [IFRC], is now carrying 247 survivors after completing a fifth rescue operation today. The IFRC said today thatContinue reading “Civilian rescuers save 247 lives in less than 48 hours in the Mediterranean”

Fossil fuel giant Shell and EU maritime authorities accused of complicity in Mediterranean refugee ‘pullback’

Banksy-funded rescue ship Louise Michel carries 31 refugees as Tunisian Navy sends 70 to its ‘unsafe’ country EUROPEAN maritime authorities and fossil fuel giant Shell were accused of complicity in the sending of about 70 refugees to an unsafe country today. Civilian rescuers on board the Louise Michel, a rescue ship part-funded by the elusiveContinue reading “Fossil fuel giant Shell and EU maritime authorities accused of complicity in Mediterranean refugee ‘pullback’”

‘The possibilities for change are endless’

Ben Cowles takes a look back at the podcast interviews he did this year, hoping that the words of those fighting back against Fortress Europe will inspire others to tear its walls down “I HAD this moment after our third rescue,” Doctors Without Borders (MSF) midwife Kira Smith says during our interview about the charity’sContinue reading “‘The possibilities for change are endless’”

Activists hit out at Italy, Malta and EU after they refuse to send help to over 400 refugees from sinking boat

The Sea-Watch 4 rescue ship, now carrying 463 people, still waits to be assigned a port as a storm approaches EUROPEAN maritime authorities have refused to come to the aid of over 400 people travelling across the Mediterranean in an overcrowded boat, activists warned today. The refugee distress hotline organisation Alarm Phone first alerted theContinue reading “Activists hit out at Italy, Malta and EU after they refuse to send help to over 400 refugees from sinking boat”

Italy and Malta refuse to allow 475 rescued people to come ashore

Prominent human rights lawyers demand ICC investigate possible crimes against humanity in Libya and warn of EU’s role in the crisis BOTH Italy and Malta are refusing to allow 475 people, including many pregnant women and children, who would have drowned in the Mediterranean were it not for NGO rescuers, to reach dry land. TheContinue reading “Italy and Malta refuse to allow 475 rescued people to come ashore”

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