Mediterranean Sea

We, civil organisations engaged in search and rescue (SAR) activities in the central Mediterranean Sea, express our gravest concerns regarding the latest attempt by a European government to obstruct assistance to people in distress at sea. A new law decree, signed by the Italian President on 2...
Libyans desperate to flee violence risk the dangerous crossing to Europe...... On November 2, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on migration between the Italian and Libyan governments will automatically renew for three years. The European Union (EU)-sponsored agreement has seen millions of...
Twenty-six survivors of a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea have received psychological first aid from a team from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) after arriving in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo on 12 September. The survivors, all Syrians and Afghans, left the coast of...
In this summer season, SOS MEDITERRANEE, MSF and SEA-WATCH urgently call for the provision of European state-led search and rescue maritime assets in the central Mediterranean to prevent more deaths. Within five days, Geo Barents, a search and rescue ship operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF...
One year of operations in the Central Mediterranean have passed by, this time with the Geo Barents - Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) vessel - rescuing 3,138 people and conducting 6,536 medical consultations before disembarking in a place of safety in Europe. Following last week’s tragic rescue, the...
22 people missing, one deceased on board of the Geo Barents At least 22 people are missing, and a pregnant woman died despite desperate efforts to resuscitate her, following the partial sinking of a rubber boat in the central Mediterranean Sea yesterday. Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Search and...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have carried out six separate rescue operations in three days on board the search and rescue ship Geo Barents and rescued 439 people from the Central Mediterranean Sea who had fled Libya in search of safety. After two requests for a place of safety to the...
A firsthand account from on board the MSF search and rescue vessel Geo Barents Candida Lobes, MSF communications manager onboard Ali , 7 years old, rushes to hold his father’s hand as soon as the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rescuers help him out of the lifeboat and onto the deck of the Geo...
Many of the unaccompanied minors rescued by MSF search and rescue vessel Geo Barents from the Mediterranean escaped torture and exploitation. “They are playing now, they smile and befriend each other, they seem like just any other young people,” says Julie Melichar, humanitarian affairs officer on...
A ship chartered by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been detained by Italian port authorities on administrative grounds, delaying its return to lifesaving search and rescue activities in the central Mediterranean, the...
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