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The Mare Jonio asks to enter the port under risk of medical and hygienic emergency aboard

This morning at 9AM, the medical staff aboard the Mare Jonio got in touch with the relevant authorities to make an urgent request, once again, for authorization for the ship to enter the harbour, due to high risk on board for health and hygiene conditions.

The lack of water suitable for hygienic use and for other basic necessities on board is particularly worrying, and it has been ongoing for over 40 hours now. The authorities were already notified of this issue, early yesterday morning.

We would like to point out that this kind of emergency cannot be helped by simply sending bottled water to the vessel.

The presence of waste on the ship (such as clothing soaked in petrol and ejections) as a result of the rescue, and of the rescued individuals’ protracted stay on the ship, is also a cause for alarm. The already high risk of disease spreading aboard the ship is exacerbated by the lack of water, resulting in possible health issues for both the people rescued and the ship’s crew.

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Eventually all children, pregnant women and the weakest rescued people were let disembark. Now 34 people are remaining on board, tossed by high waves. Let us all disembark.

After repeated requests we made starting this early morning, finally the Italian port authorities have decided to transfer the most vulnerable shipwreck survivors from Mare Jonio to a Coast Guard patrol boat to bring them ashore: they are pregnant women, mothers with children, unaccompanied minors.

We are happy for them and grateful to the men and women of the Coast Guard and to the doctors of the health personnel who diligently carried out that transshipment in such adverse marine weather conditions, as we are saying from this morning.
It would have certainly been safer doing it in a safe port or a sheltered point, protected from this extremely rough sea.
Now 34 people remain on board, including single women, men in precarious conditions as a result of abuse and torture, and in a state of post-traumatic stress.

We strongly ask that all these survivors, as well as our crew, to disembark as soon as possible: the situation remains unsafe on board. On top of the high wave motion, which is sickening all of us on board, we had a default of the evaporator and the desalination system, so that we are now out of any running water: taps aren’t working, kitchen and bathroom are unusable, and we only have bottled water. These people can’t wait their health conditions to worsen to be allowed to disembark.

Let them land, let us disembark. Everyone.

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The Minister of the Interior blocks the ship of children at 13 miles from Lampedusa

At 6 a.m. this morning the Mare Jonio has arrived at the limit of territorial waters, South of Lampedusa.

Last night at 11:37 p.m., the decree of the Minister of the Interior was notified, forbidding us to enter. This morning, at 7 a.m., the patrol CP312 of the Coast Guard flanked the Mare Jonio to get two officers of the Finance Guard on board, who notified us the decree.

Attaching a medical report, we requested assistance to the MRCC (Maritime Coordination Centre) and to the port authorities, for the conditions of the 99 people rescued, in particular pregnant women and children. Still no answer to our repeated requests for POS (Place of Safety, safe port) made to the authorities of our flag.

We are sharing the information about this situation with our brothers and sisters on board: we are all on the same ship. For us, the rescue will be completed only when everyone will be on the ground, cured and assisted.

Until then, we are with them, they are with us.

13 nautical miles South of Lampedusa.
From the Mare Jonio, Mediterranea Saving Humans.

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Morning, 28 of August: the Mare Jonio has rescued about a hundred people

At 8:35 a.m. this morning the Mare Jonio has rescued about a hundred people including 26 women – of which at least 8 pregnant – 22 children of less than 10 years and at least 6 others minors.

We found their rubber boat with our radar. It was overcrowded, drifting and with a tubular already deflated. Luckily we arrived in time to rescue them.

These people are all safe on board with us, there are cases of hypothermia and some of them have obvious signs of mistreatment and torture suffered in Libya.

They all escaped from hell.

We are now waiting for instructions from the Italian Maritime Coordination Centre, which we informed while the rescue was in progress, as our flag MRCC.

UPDATE 11:30

As always, to our requests the Italian Maritime Coordination Centre has replied that we have to deal with “Lybian authorities”.

We have replied that we can’t refer to the forces of a country which is stage of a civil war, where everyday the world is witnessing tortures and inhuman treatments. The people we rescued are now aboard an Italian ship, the Mare Jonio, and their safety is our responsibility.

Then, we have emailed Italy for new instructions, compatible with the international law of the sea and of the human rights.

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Mission 4/2019 is under way and the Mare Jonio is back in the heart of the Mediterranean!

On August 22nd, at sunset, the Mare Jonio left the port of Licata to return to the central Mediterranean to monitor and report human rights violations, and where there are people in danger, to save lives.

Our ship had been impounded for more than two months after saving 30 women, men and children this past May. Now back in our hands, the ship is returning to where it needs to be.  Reports continue to emerge of terrible shipwrecks of individuals fleeing war, bombs, and torture in Libyan detention camps. Currently, 350 survivors are on board the Ocean Viking waiting for a safe haven.

Aboard the Mare Jonio and an additional support boat are mission coordinator Luca Casarini and 22 crew members. They are doing everything in their power to guarantee a safe and successful mission. Among those aboard are Cecilia Strada and the writer Caterina Bonvicini.

The NGO Lifeline is out at sea with us, supporting this mission with their own sailboat. Ships of European civil society continue to defend international laws and human rights by opposing the arbitrary and violent policies of their government counterparts. This resistance is our beacon, the compass that guides our actions and that will guide our decisions in the days ahead.
We have experienced several challenging months, a long and difficult time in which the recently resigned Italian government has done anything it can to stop us. We have tirelessly persisted, by any means necessary, in order to rescue 59 war refugees stranded on a sail boat.

We have always brought those we rescued to the nearest safe harbor, which has legally coincided with the island of Lampedusa, a place that has become the final frontier of a sea at war. Lampedusa has maintained extraordinary dignity and we are thankful for the island and its citizens.

The hope, the humanity, the peace of mind of being on the right side of history, have brought us here, together. You are all on board with us!

Fair Winds, Mare Jonio!

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To get back out to sea, we need you.

Mediterranea has to go back to sea as soon as possible, with our ship: Mare Jonio. We need to set sail to be where we are most needed, to witness and to condemn what is happening and, if necessary, to help anyone in distress in the central Mediterranean, as dictated by international law.

The purpose

Mediterranea is almost ready to sail: more than two months after being seized and held by the government, the ship Mare Jonio is free. Now it’s the time to fill the tank, supply the galleys, purchase the essential rescue equipment, and gather a new crew.
To return to sea, to do it immediately, we need everyone. All according to their own means, their own capabilities can contribute and get on board, carrying out a sacred and fundamental act: to save lives.

For this mission, the seventh mission of Mediterranea, we need 150.000€.

Who we are

Mediterranea is a civil society platform operating in the central Mediterranean to monitor, witness, and condemn the conditions in which women, men, and children constantly face enormous dangers in the absence of organized relief operations, people suffering in silence, while the Italian and European governments remain indifferent, complicit.
Mediterranea is composed of individuals and organized groups, open to the voices from different worlds, secular and religious, social and cultural, trade union and political, who want to share the goals of this project to restore hope, rebuild humanity, and defend the law and human rights.
Mediterranea has been made possible also thanks to Banca Etica, which granted the loan to start our mission. Banca Etica also supports crowdfunding activities and has carried out tutoring activities for the economic aspects of the entire operation.

What we do

Mediterranea started as a big dream, but now, thanks to you, it’s a reality: six missions, hundreds of lives saved and thousands of supporters all over the world.
Together we bought a ship, we learned to navigate the waters and we never stopped sailing, at sea and on land.
You are the fuel that powers the ship, you are our mooring crew, you are the saved lives.
You are every single action aimed at saving hundreds of lives in that stretch of sea that has been, for too long, a graveyard.
They tried to stop us with fines, trials, seizing our boat, and unjust and inhuman laws. But solidarity can’t be stopped. We don’t want to stop, and we can’t stop now.
While the war in Libya is filling the sea with migrants and refugees, these inhuman laws are preventing rescue and aid.
Mediterranea once again needs your help, to return to that stretch of sea where, every day, people die in silence. Everyone’s rights and future are at stake.

Because it is by saving others that we will also save ourselves.

To get back out to sea, we need you

Alima was two years old when we saved her from a rubber boat in distress, in the Mediterranean Sea. Now, she is in France with her family, toward a better future.

To go back to see, we need your help. To save Alima, Fatima and hundreds of people. In order to do that, we need 150.000€.

All according to their own means, their own capabilities can contribute and get on board, carrying out a sacred and fundamental act: to save lives.

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Thanks to you, no law decree will stop Mediterranea.

Thanks to you, no law decree will stop Mediterranea.

Thanks to you they are alive, thanks to you we are alive.
Thanks to you, in 10 months, we raised a million euro. Thanks to you, we exist.

Mediterranea started as just an idea. Now, thanks to you, it’s a reality. It’s 6 missions, hundreds of lives rescued, and thousands of supporters worldwide.

Thanks to you, we’ve bought a ship, we’ve learnt how to sail it and we haven’t stopped since, because it’s not by stopping a ship that humanity can be stopped.

You are the lives we saved, the petrol that fuels our ship, our crew and our mooring. You are the events you’ve organised, the posts you’ve responded to, the funds you’ve raised to pay for our fines, for our trials, and to fight against the seizures that tried to stop us.

You are every single action you came up with to save hundreds of lives in that part of the sea which is, by now, a cemetery of water.

You are the smiles of the children and the hope in the eyes of those who were fleeing torture. Above all, you are humanity. You are the proof that everyone can do something to fight hate, that by saving others we will save ourselves.

Mediterranea is here thanks to you, thanks to the thousands of you who stood up for us over the last few months, and helped us be where we needed to be.

Thanks to you, we made the unthinkable become a reality.

Thanks to you, we will continue to do so.

Mediterranea won’t stop: only with your help will we be able to keep sailing the world’s most dangerous border, where the fight over our own humanity is fought every day.

If you don’t stop, we won’t be stopped.

Thanks a million.

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Mediterranea on Alex case: “in these conditions sailing to Malta would seriously endanger health and safety of people on board. Lampedusa is the only possible place of safety.“

After spending the night trying to coordinate with the Rescue Coordination Centres (RCCs) of Malta and Italy, it has become evident that sailing to La Valletta in current conditions would mean to put health and safety of people on board of ALEX in serious risk.  continua

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We left the Port. Mediterranea is back at Sea

Mediterranea never stopped. You cannot stop Mediterranea by seizing a ship. 

Once again, we are back, at sea. 


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Alongside the 42 shipwrecked on board of Sea-Watch 3 with master Carola Rackete and her crew

For several days now, thousands of people are mobilizing throughout Italy in the squares of dozens of cities in support of Sea-Watch3, still in the waters of the island of Lampedusa without any authorisation to enter into port and to disembark the persons on board. The request is very simple: let them go ashore #fateliscendere. Here below we publish our call to mobilize as MEDITERRANEA Saving Humans, the Italian civil society platform for the protection of human rights and relief in the Central Mediterranean.