The Lampedusa Solidarity Forum visits the MOAS


The Lampedusa Solidarity Forum visits the MOAS

Saving lives. At sea or by flying over them. The meeting recently held on board the Phoenix ship of the NGO “Migrant Offshore Aid Station” (MOAS), which has been engaged in the search and rescue of migrants in the central Mediterranean since 2014, discussed the theme of migration and the complexity of the situation, and above all, how to prevent deaths at sea and to regulate the journeys.

On 3 July 2017, Alberto Mallardo and Ivana Abrignani, operators of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) working in Lampedusa with the Mediterranean Hope project, together with the new Mayor of Lampedusa, Salvatore Martello, the parish priest of the island, Father Carmelo La Magra and the Lampedusa Solidarity Forum, were invited on board the Phoenix vessel by the founder and director of the MOAS project, Regina Catrambone, who also supports the humanitarian corridors being implemented by the FCEI in Lebanon together with the Tavola Valdese (Waldensian Board) and the Community of Sant’Egidio. Catrambone demonstrated the sea search and rescue procedures to her guests and underlined her absolute support in the actions of the Coast Guard and other forces engaged in SAR (Search and Rescue) operations in the central Mediterranean.

“In the discussion, many sides expressed the need to implement alternative solutions to the journeys of hope, such as that of the Humanitarian Corridors,” said Mallardo, reminding everyone that France has also welcomed the possibility of an alternative route for migrants, which prevents them from becoming victims of human trafficking.

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