The forced end of the Aquarius happens at a critical time as the world’s deadliest migration route has become even more of a death trap for vulnerable people
MSF strongly condemns the decision by Italian judicial authorities to request the seizure of the Aquarius for alleged anomalies in its disposal of on-board waste. It is a disproportionate and unfounded measure, purely aimed at further criminalising lifesaving medical-humanitarian action at sea.
SOS MEDITERRANEE and MSF are reeling from the announcement by the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) that it has been forced to revoke the registration of the search and rescue ship Aquarius, under blatant economic and political pressure from the Italian government.
Responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Central Mediterranean, a total of 141 people were rescued on Friday by the search and rescue vessel Aquarius, chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE and operated in partnership with MSF.
MSF Head of Mission in the Middle East, Natalia Torrent describes how patients receive care from a team of health professionals to help them cope with past and present traumas.
MSF denounces Italy’s closure of its ports to prevent 630 rescued people from disembarking and European governments’ choice of political point-scoring over saving lives at sea.
MSF urges European Member States to facilitate the immediate disembarkation of all 629 people currently being cared for onboard Aquarius
Inadequate reception policies leave thousands of migrants and refugees without healthcare, shelter, food and water in Italy