Rescue of a third rubber boat on Wednesday, November 1st.

Mediterranean migration

Every year, thousands of people fleeing war, persecution and poverty at home attempt the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. Countless lives are lost on the way.

Closing safe and legal options for people to reach Europe pushes them further into people smugglers' networks. In Libya, the detention of migrants and refugees is a thriving enterprise of kidnapping and extortion.

MSF is working in Search and Rescue in the Central Mediterranean. We also provide assistance to people in Libyan detention centres and those arriving in Europe.

SAR Relaunch - Aoife testimony - ENGLISH
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"They cannot go back" - Aoife Ni Mhurchu, nurse onboard Aquarius

"Refugees cannot go back to this highly dangerous existence"

Aoife Ni Mhurchu, a nurse that worked onboard our previous search and rescue ship, Aquarius, describes the conditions she's seen while working in Libya, and the experiences of treating people who have been rescued at sea, and explains why our return to search and rescue activities onboard new boat Ocean Viking is desperately needed.

 
Italy

MSF calls on all participants to improve the conditions for migrants arriving on the southern shores of Europe

Press Release 11 Jul 2008
 
Italy

Helping desperate immigrants

Project Update 18 Aug 2004
 
Sudan

Hundreds of Sudanese live in 'Hotel Africa', Italy - a derelict railway station in the centre of Rome

Press Release 20 Oct 2003
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