In recent years refugees and migrants have been desperately trying to reach Europe from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and even Morocco. In 2014 some 3400 people are thought to have drowned, even though many more were rescued from the sea.
This year the pressure is likely to be even greater, because of wars in Syria, Libya, and further south around Lake Chad, as well as in the Sudan and Somalia. Lebanon and Tunisia have each taken in over 1 million displaced people, without putting them in camps.
On 11th April, the Times had a helpful article describing the work of the Migrants Off-Shore Aid Station, a charity based in Malta. With the help of Médecines Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), MOAS is providing the MY Phoenix, a fully equipped 40 metre vessel, for search and rescue this summer. The historic Order of the Knights of Malta may also assist the project. This will reinforce whatever the EU’s Operation Triton can do, to prevent loss of life.
The running costs still to be raised, amount to some $1.6 million for six months work. Anyone who can help should contact Brigadier Martin Xuereb – firstname.lastname@example.org