CLAIM: “I want to cite the [Austrian] Minister of the Interior who said the presence of the C-Star urges the closing of the
It's a strange question to kick off the working day on board Save the Children's rescue ship: Would we rather stop our search and rescue operations completely, and risk people drowning, than return migrants and refugees back to Libya? But that's the question we were forced to ask ourselves - and the answer is clear. This is not an action we can stand behind.
'Out of sight, out of mind.'
We're in the heart of the migration and refugee crisis, the big story of our era. Worldwide, more than 65million people have fled their homes. Most of them find refuge in their own countries or region, some try and make it to Europe through the dangerous crossing to Italy, a route on which this year roughly one in 43 people dies. And Italy has been bearing that brunt on its own for years.
But in Libyan territorial waters, the current instability in the country makes ascertaining who is actually in charge of
'Migrants are cowards.'
This idea of a “powerful lobby” set against the C-Star is one that permeates many of the group’s statements. Sellner expanded
Our sole mission is to save the lives of people, particularly children, who are escaping violence, persecution and extreme poverty. We save people from drowning and if we stopped, the death toll would only increase further.
Rescue At Sea: A Mother Pays The Ultimate Price For Bringing Her Baby To Safety Across The Mediterranean
We discovered that the fuel was leaking into the flimsy boat, which had taken on water because it could not withstand the weight of the 120-plus people crammed into it. By the time we arrived, the toxic mixture had spread everywhere, causing the most horrific chemical burns. In many cases, people's skin had come off and they had raw red wounds. Among these casualties were two men and two women - including the baby's mother - who had already perished.