Coronavrius: Mediterranea ngo 'freezes' migrant rescue at sea

'Mandatory choice that makes us suffer, departures have resumed'

18 March, 16:08

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 18 - The NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans said Wednesday it has been forced to halt its migrant rescue operations at sea due to the coronavirus emergency.

    "Between January and February, Mediterranea obtained the release from seizure of the ship Mare Jonio and the sailboat Alex," it said.

    "We were ready to start again, with the same tenacity and determination as always, ships ready, crews ready. But the development of the pandemic in which we are immersed and the sacrosanct measures adopted to try to contain the contagion and try to save the most fragile and exposed people forces us today to freeze operational activity at sea," it said.

    "The effects of this obligatory choice cause us to suffer, because at sea there are those who risk death every day," it said.

    "After three weeks of bad weather, departures have inevitably resumed. The only relief is the possible, we hope, operative presence in the Central Mediterranean in this period of other civil society assets, those that we call the 'Civil Fleet', to which we will give all possible support," it said.(ANSAmed).

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