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.