Save the Children Calls on EU Leaders to Urgently Strengthen the Search and Rescue Capacity in the Mediterranean
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Feb. 11, 2015) — More than 300 migrants are presumed dead, according to UN’s refugee agency, after the boats carrying them sank trying to reach Italy having departed the Libyan coast on Saturday. Latest reports indicate that just 9 people survived.
“Save the Children has repeatedly raised concerns that the Italian navy’s comprehensive search-and-rescue operation, Mare Nostrum, was stopped last October, citing fears about accentuating the already extreme risks faced by migrants, especially those most vulnerable, such as women and children, in migrant sea crossings,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children.
“Sadly, despite this latest tragedy, the number of migrants continuing to attempt treacherous sea crossings is increasing. In January 2015, despite the bad weather conditions, 3,528 migrants reached Italy, including 195 women and 374 children -- a staggering rise of 60 percent compared to the number of migrants arriving in 2013.
“Save the Children calls on EU leaders to urgently strengthen the search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean to help mitigate the high number of migrant and refugee deaths at sea.”
This incident follows the deaths reported yesterday of at least 29 migrants after the inflatable boat carrying them overturned in the Mediterranean Sea.
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