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US News Migrants: around thirty communities unite in support of SOS Méditerranée

19:35  21 january  2021
19:35  21 january  2021 Source:   france24.com

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SOS Mediterranee announced on Sunday that it is restarting its migrant rescue mission in partnership with the NGO Doctors without Borders. The Aquarius sailed between February 2016 and December 2018, saving around 30 ,000 migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean sea in their attempts to

Chiffrées à 8 millions d'euros par an, les opérations de sauvetage de migrants en mer Méditerranée sont à 90 % financées par des dons privés. © Giovanni Isoino, AFP Costed at 8 million euros per year, migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea are 90% financed by donations private.

About thirty French local authorities launched on Thursday a support platform for the NGO SOS Méditerranée, which resumed its operations to rescue migrants at sea. In 2020, the contribution of local authorities amounted to 800,000 euros.

Denouncing "failed states" and a "intoxicating" campaign, on Thursday January 21, around thirty communities launched a support platform for SOS Méditerranée, whose ambulance ship resumed on January 11 its rescues at sea of ​​ migrants in the central Mediterranean .

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Migrant rescue charity SOS Méditerranée has resumed operations off the coast of Libya with a new ship, after the last one was forced to stop its work by European governments. SOS Méditerranée suspended operations by its previous vessel, the Aquarius, after it was denied entry to Italy.

SOS Méditerranée is a European, maritime-humanitarian organisation for the rescue of life at sea, currently operating in the Mediterranean sea in international waters north of Libya. The organization charters the Aquarius in order to rescue people fleeing by sea from Libya and who risk drowning.

"Solidarity movements are still taking off thanks to a handful of initiators who are paving the way and showing that a solution is possible", welcomed the president of the NGO, François Thomas, during a press videoconference. . "These communities are and will be an essential support force for testimony, advocacy, financial support in the face of this human tragedy which is unfolding at the gates of Europe," he added.

Their support is also essential in the face of the "poison that is circulating", he continued, referring to accusations of complicity with smugglers regularly launched against NGOs providing aid to migrants in the Mediterranean.

Operations costed at 8 million euros per year, 90 % of private donations

Beyond the hoped-for "political leverage" effect, the 27 communities - two regions (Brittany and Occitanie), eight departments West and South and 17 municipalities including Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux - which have joined the platform have undertaken to maintain their financial support for rescue operations .

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SOS Méditerranée said the migrants were attempting “to escape the escalating conflict in Libya and the deplorable conditions of Libyan detention centres”. The new operation comes a month after the arrest in Italy of Carola Rackete, the German captain of the Sea-Watch 3

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At a cost of 8 million euros per year, these operations are 90% financed by private donations. In 2020, the contribution of local authorities amounted to 800,000 euros.

"We can no longer close our eyes, we will not be able to say that we did not know, we must act when precisely the States are failing", underlined the president (PS) of the department of Loire-Atlantique, Philippe Grosvalet.

"It is not only a duty, but an obligation to recognize the unconditionality of sea rescue," he added. "Solidarity must have an XXL character."

In 2020, more than 1 ,200 migrants died in the Mediterranean

"We never open our arms wide enough", echoed the socialist president of Occitanie, Carole Delga.

Faced with "those who are scary with these questions of identity and who would like us to all be opposed", this platform "is an organizational response", stressed for her part the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. "We cannot let this Mediterranean Sea be the largest European cemetery", underlined the socialist councilor.

In total, more than 1,200 migrants perished in 2020 in the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration.

With AFP

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