The central Mediterranean is still one of the deadliest escape
routes in the world. Almost 20,000 recorded deaths since 2014
show that too few rescue ships were and are in use there.
In use with a new ship since August 2022
For seven years now, SOS Humanity has been rescuing people
fleeing distress at sea, providing professional care and
support to those rescued on board and documenting their fate.
In January 2022, the civil sea rescue organization SOS
Méditerranée Germany changed its name to SOS Humanity and
will continue to rescue operations with the new ship
Humanity 1 at the end of August 2022.
"Dare to be more human"
"As SOS Humanity, we have set ourselves another goal," says
Laura Gorriahn, the organization's CEO.
"We want to better educate the public about the situation in
the Mediterranean, document grievances and breaches of the
law and ultimately contribute to changing European migration
policy. This goal is based on the conviction that people are
not only saved at sea, but also through political decisions on
land. We call on you to dare more humanity!"
"Rescuing refugees is a humanitarian duty"
The work of SOS Humanity is supported by a committed civil
society. Volunteer groups work on land, volunteers work on
board. SOS Humanity is financed primarily through donations,
but also through the support of humanitarian organizations,
including many from our alliance.
For example, six years ago, the first ship from then SOS
Méditerranée, the MS Aquarius, was chartered thanks to start-up
financing from AWO International.
"Thousands of people are fleeing war and violence and are dying
because Europe is looking the other way. It is our humanitarian
duty to help these people," said Ingrid Lebherz, Managing Director
of AWO International, one of our alliance organizations, at the
ship's farewell ceremony in Bremerhaven in February 2016.
Almost 35,000 rescued people since foundation
With the founding of SOS Méditerranée on May 4, 2015 in Berlin,
the German captain and historian Klaus Vogel wanted to help a
group of supporters to end the deaths on the Mediterranean. They
could no longer stand by and watch as thousands of people drowned
in the Mediterranean Sea due to the lack of government rescue ships.
By the end of 2021, the European civil sea rescue association SOS
Méditerranée, with clubs in Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland,
was able to save 34,631 people fleeing across the central
Mediterranean from drowning and to a safe place, first with the Aquarius
and then with the Ocean Viking.
Aktion Deutschland Hilft collects donations for sea rescue
SOS Humanity is supported by the alliance organizations AWO
International, ADRA Germany, Arbeiter-Samariter Bund, Help – Help
for Self-Help, Johanniter, World Vision Germany, HelpAge Germany,
LandsAid and the Paritätischer Gesamtverband.
Since 2018, Aktion Deutschland Hilft has been calling for donations
under the keyword "Sea Rescue". Because the need is so high and the
funds coming in directly are not sufficient, "Emergency Aid Worldwide"
donations are also used to promote sea rescue.