Not everyone gets to spend a nice warm dry Christmas on land. The Aquarius and our colleagues Proactiva OpenArms (link in Spanish) are assisting the boat groups that have the misfortune to be sent out in this weather. Here’s my successor René Schulthoff‘s able response to those who think saving human lives is somehow controversial or even criminal. Also a shoutout to my wonderful Ghanaian sailor friends Ed Akyianu (holding baby) and Francis Mensah (in red work suit) who have, along with their captain and officers (not pictured) transitioned wonderfully from hauling cargo to hauling the most precious of cargo, human beings. Safe passage now.
Please help the Aquarius if you can (link in EN, FR, DE, IT, AR). We are the only full-capacity civilian rescue ship operating in the Mediterranean this winter, despite an unprecedented succession of rescues. In the past, winter has been low season– not now. People are still out there.
It is difficult for me to understand comments on twitter or Facebook of some. Difficult to digest that some people react in an extremely nasty ugly and radical way on our tweets about 112 children women and men rescued on Sea. I don´t get and I will never get it and understand such ignorant and inhuman comments on our tweets or on Facebook.
How far away from reality are these people commenting with hate when humans´lives were saved? Is it their own fear that is reflected or the knowledge that they simply don´t know nothing and do not understand nothing in this world? Is it the selfishness of theses individuals protecting what? Is it their isolation in their small world, never being further than the last street sign of their city or village or country?
Most of the humans we rescue here on the Mediterranean – children women men –…
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