“We were forced to dig mass graves to bury the corpses of people who were dying bit by bit”

On Saturday, 21th of April, Sea-Watch rescued a rubber boat 65 nautical miles north off the Libyan coast in a difficult operation with moments of tension when people, crammed into the dinghy, saw the arrival of the Libyan Coast Guard, who announced intentions to bring them back to Libya. People started to jump into the water, throwing…

European civil rescue organizations stand up against smuggling allegations

NGOs who rescue people from drowning at sea are encouraging smugglers who profit from dangerous Mediterranean crossings, Frontex Director Fabrice Leggeri told the German newspaper “DIE WELT” on Feb 27, 2017. The signatories of this statement jointly reject these reproaches which distort the facts. People do not migrate because there are smuggling networks. Smuggling networks…