Mediterranean Sea

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...
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announces today the relaunch of its search and rescue activities in the central Mediterranean to save the lives of refugees and migrants attempting the deadly sea crossing from Libya. Since 2015, MSF medical teams working on search and rescue...
The last few days have produced one of the most lethal episodes in the central Mediterranean Sea so far this year, with more than 100 people dying at sea in four separate shipwrecks within less than 72 hours. Six NGO rescue ships remain blocked in port by Italian and European authorities, as MSF...
SOS MEDITERRANEE and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are reeling from the announcement by the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) that it has been forced to revoke the registration of the search and rescue ship Aquarius, under blatant economic and political pressure from the Italian government. This...
Aquarius has received formal permission from the Maltese authorities to enter the port of Valletta. MSF is relieved that a place of safety has been found for the 141 vulnerable people rescued on the Mediterranean. We welcome the news that Germany, France, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain have also...
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