The NGO Doctors Without Borders (Doctors Without Borders, Doctors Without Borders, MSF) has announced the resumption of search and rescue operations for migrants in the central Mediterranean area with a new ship, the “Geo Barents”, with which those from the “ruthless” Europeans resulting supply gap should be closed policies that “doomed people to die”.
According to the World Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 550 people have died so far this year in the central Mediterranean region. The migration flow has increased in the last few days and the trend is expected to increase further in the coming weeks.
MSF began its search operations in 2015, which it has carried out intermittently and through various ships and alliances since then. Now he will charter his own ship, which is nearly 77 meters long and previously used as a seismic ship. The ‘Geo Barents’, which sails under the Norwegian flag, has a clinic, a maternity ward and an observation station.
MSF President David Noguera has complained that European governments have “ignored” the emergency in the Mediterranean, not only providing no assistance, but also hindering and even “criminalizing” the work of NGOs. “This policy has drifted thousands of men, women and minors at sea and sentenced them to drowning on Europe’s southern border,” he denounced in a statement.
So far this year, more than 7,000 refugees and migrants have been intercepted by the coast guard and returned to Libya, despite organizations such as Doctors Without Borders insisting it is not a safe haven and denouncing repeated human rights violations in the North African country.
“EU support for the suffering business must stop immediately. EU member states must ensure the urgent resumption of a proactive search and rescue mechanism led by the authorities in the central Mediterranean,” said Noguera.