Rescued migrants head for Spain after Italy closes ports/Letter of solidarity to NGO Open Arms

59.395 LIVES

Since September 2015 until August 2018, we have managed to save each and every one of these people, giving them a chance to reach dry land after embarking on one of the most dangerous voyages of their lives at sea.

A rescue helicopter leaves after evacuating a mother and her new born baby following their rescue with other nearly 300 migrants off the coast of Libya. AFPA rescue helicopter leaves after evacuating a mother and her new born baby following their rescue with other nearly 300 migrants off the coast of Libya. AFP
 
NO PLACE IN ITALY…….
 
AFTER ITALY HAD CLOSED ITS PORTS FOR DESPERATE
REFUGEES, WHO WERE RESCUED BY OPEN ARMS, ONLY ONE
WOMAN AND HER NEWBORN BABY WERE ADMITTED TO MALTA,
THAT ALSO REGULARLY CLOSED ITS PORTS FOR REFUGEES
MOTHER AND CHILD WERE EVACUATED WITH THE AIRPLANE
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DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR?
NO PLACE IN THE INN…….

Personnel from LifeBoat, right, and the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, left, assist refugees aboard a vessel that will take them to the Topaz-Responder and, ultimately, to Europe, on Nov. 22, 2016.
Jason Pohl, The Coloradoan
REFUGEES RESCUED  BY ANOTHER NGO, LIFE BOAT

 

RESCUED MIGRANTS HEAD FOR SPAIN AFTER ITALY
CLOSES PORTS/STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY TO NGO OPEN ARMS
BEFORE…….
Dear Readers
Open Arms is an NGO  organisation, which has saved nearly
60 000 refugees, who probably should have drowned in the Mediterranean
Sea or faced a horror future in Libya, when not rescued by Open Arms
 
To thank them for their humanity and determination to save lives, I wrote
them a Letter of Solidarity.

 

See below
 
Wishing you a Merry and Happy Christmas
 
 
Astrid Essed
 
 
MY LETTER OF SOLIDARITY TO OPEN ARMS
 
 
TO THE NGO ORGANISATION
”OPEN ARMS”
Subject
A STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
Dear activists,
Hereby my sincere esteem, admiration and respect
for you, doing one of the most important things:
Rescuing human lives at sea, the Mediterean sea,
which had been the grave for so many
refugees in their often fruitless attempts to reach
Europe, in the hope to find a better life.
You as only NGO organisation [since Doctors Without Borders and others
were forced
to stop their activities]  [1] has managed the impossible:
To stand against the crminal European policy, instigated
by Italian racist policies [2] , to continue rescuing lives
of desperate people.
As I have read on your website, your organisation has rescued
59.395 lives from september 2015 until august 2018 [3] and I guess
more lives have been saved by you since then.
There are no words for this.
It seems normal to save lives, but in the fascist times that flourish
in Europe like poisoned snakes, it seems to me that everything
is upside down.
Fair is foul and foul is fair [4] to speak with the witches
of Shakespeare’s Mac Beth. [5]
European government and their evil associates like Frontex,
accuse you and other NGO’s of ” of acting as “pull factor” for migrants and refugees and indirectly helping smuggler networks” [6], while it is
Frontex and other EU organisations, that are consciously
put refugees in danger [7] or condemning them to remain
in Lybia in horror situations. [8]
I didn’t know your organisation until news reached me,
that Italy [again] had refused a ship acces, with migrants,
who were saved by your organisation. [9]
Only a mother and her newborn baby were admitted to
Malta. [10]
 
Should those European politicians, especiallty the socalled 
”christian” democratic ones, see the comparison with a Child,
long ago, who was not welcome either?
I doubt it.
Anyway:
Go on with your Good Work as one of the few organisations,
that have the courage and guts [and I don’t blame others,
that were forced to stop] to save lives.
That principal obligation of mankind.
To save the right on life.
Thank you.
May the struggle for Justice go on!
And a Merry and Happy Christmas for you all
Kind greetings
Astrid Essed
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
NOTES
[1]
‘In December 2018, MSF and its partner SOS Méditerranée were forced to terminate the lifesaving operations carried out by the Aquarius—the last dedicated rescue boat operating in the Central Mediterranean.

“This is a dark day,” said Nelke Manders, MSF’s general director. “Not only has Europe failed to provide search and rescue capacity, it has also actively sabotaged others’ attempts to save lives. The end of Aquarius means more deaths at sea, and more needless deaths that will go unwitnessed.”

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

SEARCH AND RESCUE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/search-and-rescue-mediterranean

WHY NGO”S HAVE STOPPED SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
15 NOVEMBER 2018

[2]

Despite limited capacity of Libyan coast guard forces and the known fate of those returned to Libya, Italy has secured explicit support from EU heads of state for its practice, tested since at least May 2017, of transferring responsibility to those forces even in international waters.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

EU/ITALY/LIBYA: DISPUTES OVER RESCUES

PUT LIVES AT RISK

25 JUNE 2018

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/07/25/eu/italy/libya-disputes-over-rescues-put-lives-risk

2. The European Council is determined to continue and reinforce this policy to prevent a return to the uncontrolled flows of 2015 and to further stem illegal migration on all existing and emerging routes.

3. As regards the Central Mediterranean Route, efforts to stop smugglers operating out of Libya or elsewhere should be further intensified. The EU will continue to stand by Italy and other frontline Member States in this respect. It will step up its support for the Sahel region, the Libyan Coastguard, coastal and Southern communities, humane reception conditions, voluntary humanitarian returns, cooperation with other countries of origin and transit, as well as voluntary resettlement. All vessels operating in the Mediterranean must respect the applicable laws and not obstruct operations of the Libyan Coastguard.”

EUROPEAN COUNCIL CONCLUSION,

28 JUNE 2018

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/06/29/20180628-euco-conclusions-final/

[3]

OPEN ARMS.ES

59.395 LIVES

Since September 2015 until August 2018, we have managed to save each and every one of these people, giving them a chance to reach dry land after embarking on one of the most dangerous voyages of their lives at sea.

OUR MISSIONS

https://www.openarms.es/en/our-missions


[4]
FROM SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
ACT I
SCENE I
” Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air. ”
[5]
FROM SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
ACT I
SCENE I
” Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air. ”
[6]
”However, these rescue operations did not last long. In its 2017 Annual Risk Analysis Report, Frontex accused NGOs of acting as “pull factor” for migrants and refugees and indirectly helping smuggler networks.

WHY NGO”S HAVE STOPPED SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
15 NOVEMBER 2018
[7]

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

EU/ITALY/LIBYA: DISPUTES OVER RESCUES

PUT LIVES AT RISK

25 JUNE 2018

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/07/25/eu/italy/libya-disputes-over-rescues-put-lives-risk


[8]
” 1. Executive summary Migrants and refugees suffer unimaginable horrors during their transit through and stay in Libya. From the moment they step onto Libyan soil, they become vulnerable to unlawful killings, torture and other ill-treatment, arbitrary detention and unlawful deprivation of liberty, rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence, slavery and forced labour, extortion and exploitation by both State and non-State actors.”
UNITED NATIONS SUPPORT MISSION IN LIBYA
OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
DESPERATE AND DANGEROUS: REPORT ON THE HUMAN
RIGHTS SITUATION OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN LIBYA
18 DECEMBER 2018
[9]
THE NATIONAL
RESCUED MIGRANTS HEAD FOR SPAIN AFTER ITALY
CLOSES PORTS
[10]
”The Maltese government confirmed rescuing a newborn baby boy and his mother, 23′
THE NATIONAL
RESCUED MIGRANTS HEAD FOR SPAIN AFTER ITALY
CLOSES PORTS

[11]
NEW TESTIMONY
LUKE 2: 7
”And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

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