CADUS is operating together with Lifeboat the former sea rescue cruiser “Minden” on the Libyan and Tunisian coasts, as part of the international rescue fleet.
Following the assault on the vessel of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) “Bourbon Argos” in the area of operations, the “Minden” has been moved back to Malta and will stay retired until some light had been shed on the incident, in order to protect the crew complement.
Cadus is initiating the operation "Mind 'n' Rescue". Starting from today, Cadus will be a part of an international crew on the rescue cruiser "Minden" provided and operated by the lifeboat gGmbh. Thereby, we are supporting the effort of the civilian organization to rescue refugees in need of the Libyan and Tunisian coast.
The NGOs Sea-Watch and CADUS announced their latest cooperation by launching their new lifeboat named „H.E. Thomsen" in Berlin today. Godfather of the boat is Syrian YouTube Star Firas Alshater. The project managers sharply criticised the current performance of both the EU and NATO mission in front of the Greek islands.
The European Union's policy of isolation enters the next round. Battleships are supposed to fix the situation. Instead of increased militarization, CADUS calls for a political solution that enables legal migration for refugees into the EU.
For the past three months the Turkish AKP government has increasingly been taking action against their own population in the southeast of the country which is predominantly Kurdish. Under the guise of the war on terror entire cities are being placed under siege, residential areas attacked with heavy weapons, infrastructure deliberately destroyed and civilians killed.
It has been almost a year since our first training team in Rojava visited the border town of Sere Kaniye (Ras al Ain) and its local hospital. The city was occupied by the so-called Islamic State until the Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces liberated it in 2013.
At some point it seems, it had to hit us as well. For quite a time now representatives of other aid organisations active in North Syria kept asking us how we managed to get over the border of Turkey and Syria so easily.
For the time being, state institutions, as well as the Slovenian Red Cross disallowed any support of the refugees arriving at the border. At this moment we, as CADUS, mainly try to concentrate on our work in the regions of North Syria. Nevertheless, as two weeks ago we were asked to support structures at the slovenian-croatian border to help refugee arriving there, we agreed on taking over research and coordination from Berlin for activists on-the-spot.
On the one hand, there are general health care institutions that are run by the Syrian government. They finance two central hospitals, one in Quamishlo and one in Derik. But the financial support only covers the salary of the doctors working at the hospitals. In Derik (Al-Maliki), the last delivery of medicine has taken place one year ago.
18 months ago, when we first started, everything happened very quickly. The kid needed a name. We didn't waste a lot of time and thought, too much had to be done... events went head over heels. Anyway, content was more important than the cover.