“I did not think a lot about refugees at Europe’s borders until I saw the situation with my own eyes. I wish more people would be able to have a closer look at what happens in the Mediterranean.”
We asked our airborne crew 3 questions.
After 32 years as a commercial pilot, Ditmar wanted to use his extensive experience to strengthen the airborne team.
Why did you get involved in Sea-Watch?
I wanted to help because I can. It is important to document the stories at sea and to use my flying skills to contribute to something important.
How was your first day of flying?
We came across a migrant boat with babies and small children on board. Looking at the weather and the distance from Lampedusa, our crew predicted they would probably not make it. It is incredibly sad to look down on people while being unable to help them. Fortunately, they landed safely on Italian soil the day after.
How did the work change you?
My view of the EU changed. It is a real pity to see what Europe is allowing to happen on the Mediterranean sea. Witnessing people in distress on television is remote and sterile but seeing it with your own eyes is completely different.