MEDITERRANEAN

In 16 months of search and rescue on the Mediterranean, we’ve met nearly 30,000 of the most hopeful & resilient people.

Meet Michael and Rachel, 21 and 22 years old from Nigeria. 

Rachel: “I was pregnant when I left Nigeria, counting up to 8 months when I left. I gave birth in Libya, Sabha precisely. I don’t have money to go to the hospital. But thanks god I delivered successfully. And my baby now is 4 months old. Yesterday we came to Italy, today makes him 4 months and 8 days. And the travel from Libya to Italy, and the sea movement, it wasn’t easy. It’s not easy for us to come but thank God we got on our journey.

Each time I think about this whole journey… Libya, Nigeria… Even crossing the sea. It’s not easy, I cry all the time. We really passed through pain. The pain was too much for us. It was too much to be there.”

June 8th was an intense day for Doctors Without Borders’ search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea. The MSF ship Bourbon Argos, that set sail from Zarzis in Tunisia, rescued 362 people from three boats in distress: 134 in the first one, 113 in the second and 115 in the third. On the three rubber rafts, the majority were from Nigeria, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Togo and Senegal. Between the three boats, 57 women were rescued as well as 2 children.

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THE PLAGUE AT ATHENS, 430 - 427 BCE: 

IN the 2nd year of the Peloponnesian War, 430 BCE, an outbreak of plague erupted in Athens. The illness would persist throughout scattered parts of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean until finally dying out in 426 BCE. The origin of the epidemic occurred in sub-Saharan Africa just south of Ethiopia. The disease swept north and west through Egypt and Libya across the Mediterranean Sea into Persia and Greece. 

The plague entered Athens through the city’s port of Piraeus. The Greek historian Thucydides recorded the outbreak in his monumental work on the Peloponnesian war (431-404 BCE) between Athens and Sparta. According to various scholars, by its end, the epidemic killed upwards of 1/3 of the population; a population which numbered 250,000-300,000 in the 5th century BCE. 

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Article by John Horgan || Photos by Carole Raddato and Tilemahos Efthimiadis on AHE

Saïdia, aka the “Blue Pearl”, is a beach in Berkane on the Mediterranean coast near the Moroccan-Algierian border. With 14 km, it’s one of Morocco’s longest beaches, characterized by its white sands and mild climate. The local marina has 740 berths and modern facilities - berthing fees begin at only €375/year. There’s a traditional folk music festival in August and a natural bird preserve with marsh & woodland. Access to the beach is through a eucalyptus forest.

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Nice view and a geologically interesting environment - these rocks, on the south shore of Crete, are very close to one of the active faults on the island that is pushing the whole block upward. The fault zone is just beyond those hills.

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Cape Tenaro has been an important place for thousands of years. The tip of Cape Tenaro was the site of the ancient town Tenarus, near which there was (and still is) a cave that Greek legends claim was the home of Hades, the god of the dead. The ancient Spartans built several temples there, dedicated to various gods. On the hill situated above the cave, lie the remnants of an ancient temple dedicated to the sea god Poseidon (Νεκρομαντεῖον Ποσειδῶνος). 

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About last night.. #sunset at #Plakiassuites #beach🌅 #summer in #Greece #Crete