“On behalf of the EU, which ironically proclaims itself to be one community of freedom, dignity, and human rights, the so-called Libyan coast guard drags people on the move back to a war zone.”
We asked our airborne crew 3 questions.
Vera joins the Airborne team as a spotter and is a fundraiser and association member of Sea-Watch.
Why are you here?
Because I wouldn’t want to work and live in any other environment than this one. Sea-Watch is what happens when people take action instead of merely talking about what is going wrong or what ought to be done. I am fully committed to that attitude.
Why is the work of Moonbird so important?
Civil rescue ships are detained by authorities on flimsy grounds, directly resulting in deaths at sea. Our work gives a voice to those who lose their lives in the central Med or who are pushed back to a war zone. Actors such as Frontex can be held responsible for their human rights violations with the data that the Airborne crew collects.
What is your view on European migration politics?
The EU states are currently opting to close the external borders. The EU forces refugees to remain in inhumane camps for months. This humanitarian crisis at the EU’s external borders is no coincidence. It is political will and part of the profoundly racist European migration policy.