At 04.09 on February 9, 2020, the distress hotline Alarm Phone received a call, a call that was initially no different than the dozens of others the organization receives each year. (In 2019, 101 boats, carrying over 6,200 people, reached out to Alarm Phone for help, compared with just 27 boats in 2018.) A group of 91 people were trapped on a deflating black dinghy off Garabulli, Libya. They gave their GPS coordinates to Alarm Phone, who duly relayed the information to Italian, Maltese and Libyan authorities. The passengers called again at 05.35 — and then, silence. The people on board were never heard from again.
Continue reading #WhereAreThey: Remembering the lives of those who perished on February 9, 2020
Image above: The deflated rubber boat thought to belong to the 91 people who disappeared in the Mediterranean on February 9, 2020. (Source: Frontex)
The initiative “Black Lives Matter Germany Cologne” calls for an immediate stop to the enslavement of African refugees in Libya and the inhumane living conditions of African refugees worldwide! This is a call for initiatives by black people in Germany, supporters in civil society, activists and active members of anti-discrimination and racism-critical work to make a mark against the neocolonial states.
Continue reading #Cologne Demo Call: Stop Enslavement in #Libya!
Sea-Watch released the complete footage of the escalation by the Libyan coast guard during a rescue operation on November 6, 2017.
Image: Screenshot of the video of the Seawatch rescue operation on November 6, 2017.
Continue reading Sea-Watch: Complete Footage of Libyan Coast Guard Escalation During Rescue on November 6, 2017
We often have a big problem with the way NGO’s work on the Balkan route. However we saw many teams of “Doctors without borders” doing a great job. Last year they started to reject funding by the European Union, because of the refugee policies by many member states and now they refused to sign the so-calles code of conduct. Here is a statement by “Doctors without borders at sea” (MSF Sea).
Continue reading MSF: “More Deaths at Sea and More People Trapped in #Libya