search and rescue
The year is coming to an end and winter is coming. It’s getting colder, wetter and rougher outside. Bad conditions to start an already dangerous escape over the sea. Boats flip over time and time again in the turbulent Mediterranean and people are drowning. The prospect of spending another harsh winter in the poor equipped refugee camps far from their destination or home motivates many people to risk the life-threatening crossing before the onset of winter. As we can’t expect much support to end the dying in the Mediterranean Sea by the state, we have to start on our own!
That’s why we from CADUS decided to plan our own search and rescue (SAR) mission off Lesbos, to support Sea-Watch and Calais Action who are already working there and try to cushion the expected rise in crossings a little bit. We are going to cruise the coast with rigid-inflatable boats (RIBs), harbour refugees, give them instant medcial aid and then get them to Lesbos, where they are taken care of by our competent partner organisations.
Arrangements are made in full swing – boats are aquired, teams are put together and contacts established, to give this project a go as early as possible.
The question arises: How to finance all this? Well, CADUS wants to upcycle old and unusable life-jackets and let them be sewn into bags to finance this SAR mission. But why not re-use the lifejackets, when so many people are drowning?
The answer is simple: Many of the life-jackets are floating death traps – cheaply made, filled with paper and only buoy you up for minutes before they drag you to the ground of the ocean. The much better use for them is to be used as upcyled bags and thus help us to finance search and rescue missions.
We are willing to help people on the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean in practice and, next to our main goal – the fight against the root causes of escaping, hope to save at least some lives.
You can help us on this: with our crowdfunding!
We won’t stop the dying at Europes shores completely – that can only be done on a political scale. But we can try to save lives and offer some refugees a safer crossing!