Starting from today, MH operators will be on board of the tugboat Proactiva Open Arms.
On the Open Arms tugboat of the NGO Proactiva Open Arms, left this morning from Malta, there are the operators of Mediterranean Hope – Refugees and Migrants Programme by the FCEI. For 15 days, our operators will participate in rescuing interventions to save migrants trying to reach Italy.
«With this humanitarian action the range of activities carried out by the FCEI in the field of migration has grown. Moreover, this level of intervention shows concrete support to those ones who work to save human lives.» Paolo Naso, coordinator of the MH project commented. In the last mission that has just ended, Proactiva Open Arms rescued over 600 refugees and over a thousand people were rescued during the previous mission that was adversely affected by the death of two children. «These facts prove the professionalism of the operators of an NGO that we have also chosen for management transparency and for the relationships that we have built with our Observatory in Lampedusa. Moreover, Proactiva has signed an intervention protocol to run their missions in full legality and opposing human trafficking.» Mr. Naso said.
One of the MH operators will take care of the kitchen while Francesco Piobbichi will continue the production of drawings from the border along with collaborating in the rescue actions. A first collection of drawings, inspired by the experience in Lampedusa and in Lebanon about the management of the “humanitarian corridors” has already been published in Italian and English by the Claudiana publisher. The booklet has been distributed in many European countries. Furthermore, associations and schools have arranged real exhibitions “Drawings from the border” during which it was possible to present the Mediterranean Hope project and the commitment of the FCEI to support migrants and refugees.