The Mediterranean has become the deadliest border in the world. Since 2000, tens of thousands of people have drowned or have gone missing in the Mediterranean . In 2016, over 5,000 people died in their attempt to flee across the Mediterranean – more than ever before . How many never arrived, because their boats sank and disappeared without a trace? We do not know.
At the same time, the European Union has not yet found a common response to the tragedy in the Mediterranean .
On 9 May 2015, SOS MEDITERRANEE was founded in the belief that no one should drown in the Mediterranean – no matter their origin, ethnicity or reasons for flight. It was the lack of rescue capacities in the Mediterranean that motivated a group of European citizens to charter their own rescue vessel. Since February 2016, SOS MEDITERRANEE has been operating its rescue ship Aquarius continuously.
As long as people have to travel along dangerous flight routes across the Mediterranean due to a lack of secure and legal alternatives, SOS MEDITERRANEE will be there to rescue those in distress and to provide professional care.