-

Migrants Can’t Be Left To Die In The Mediterranean Sea: Aquarius Must Be Protected

06/10/2018 Paylaş:   

Aquarius, a rescue ship operated by the SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and supported by the international humanitarian organisations to save migrant lives in the Mediterranean Sea has faced a second blockage. Dr. Kerem Kinik, the President of Turkish Red Crescent and the Vice President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) made a call and stated that Aquarius may continue its activities under the Turkish ensign.
 
Aquarius has been rescuing migrant lives in the Mediterranean Sea for the last three years. It has saved 29.523 lives in the Mediterranean, a migration route for those to seek asylum in Europe, has been de-flagged first by the Gibraltarian and recently Panama.
 
Turkish Red Crescent has taken an initiative in support of Aquarius to continue sailing. A support to save more lives among those fleeing their countries and are at risk of death while crossing the Mediterranean.
 
‘’Aquarius to have Turkish ensign’’
 
“The Mediterranean Sea has been a graveyard for tens of thousands of migrants” said Dr. Kinik. ‘’Regretfully, they managed to stop Aquarius that was sailing to save lives of those forcibly displaced people. Those who are on perilious journeys to find their hope in European countries. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) called for support to Aquarius and its resumed activities. President of TRC and Vice President of IFRC Dr.Kinik has taken the lead in calling this initiative: “We propose that Aquarius resumes its activities with the Turkish ensign. I believe, our country, hosting today more than 4 million refugees will be an important part of a solution to this issue.
 
President Kinik advised that those blocking the activities of the Aquarius ship and activities of humanitarian organisations must remember and comply with their resposibilities in international law, bodies of babies washing ashore the African and European coasts and the fact that Mediterranean becomes grave to more than 3,000 people every year.,