2016 was the deadliest year on record for those crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Right now, children are fleeing bullets, poverty, persecution and the growing impact of climate change, only to drown in European waters. In 2016, Save the Children was able to rescue 435 children at sea because of the generosity of supporters like you. This year, Save the Children’s ship, the Vos Hestia, is once again operating out of its port in Sicily — fully equipped to save the lives of innocent migrants and refugees.

It is with deep regret that we have been forced to pause our Search and Rescue operation in the Mediterranean, as a result of issues raised by the Libyan Navy, which pose uncertainty for our response. Reports of the Libyan Navy's intention to control the International waters, in which Save the Children searches for stricken vessels and rescues those at risk of drowning, is of great concern when considering the safety and security of our staff, ship and ability to carry out rescue missions effectively. The Vos Hestia remains on standby and ready to respond, once vital safety and security assurances are in place.


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