More than 70.000 refugees have already come to Italy in 2017 alone. At the moment, taking a boat from Libya and crossing the Mediterranean Sea seems to be the most appealing way to seek safety for many, undertaking the dangerous and often deathly voyage. However, instead of coming on sturdy ships, criminals often put hundreds of people on small, cheap, inflatable crafts, risking them capsizing easily at sea. In 2016 alone, over 4.500 people died, with an even larger estimated number of unknown cases.
Our member organization “AWO International e.V.” supports an initiative, called “SOS Mediterranee” which helps refugees on sea. By chartering a ship, they already started in 2016 to patrol between Italy and Libya, responding to calls for help and securing boats in extreme danger. By distributing life vests and then bringing the people to their own ship, they can assist them with medical personnel and nutrition. In the next step, a safe port is chosen and 200-500 people can get to safe ground. Direct help as well as distributing current information to European news outlets guarantees a sustainable impact on the situation of refugees from Africa as well as the Middle East.
We are very grateful that you support the work of our coalition. It enabled us to increase our support and helps refugees to survive. Thank you!
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