Crossing the Mediterranean Sea: To Survive or To Die | Shut Up | Migration
An MSF ship heads out to rescue asylum seekers from Libya who danger their lives by crossing one of many deadliest migrations routes on this planet.
“This sea has grow to be a graveyard, so each second, each minute is necessary,” says Fulvia Conte, a staff chief on board the Geo Barents, a search-and-rescue ship operated by Medical doctors With out Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) that units out at sea looking for asylum seekers determined to succeed in Europe.
The Mediterranean crossing stays the deadliest identified migration route worldwide. Day by day, six individuals die attempting to succeed in Europe in vessels that aren’t seaworthy. “Think about you place all of your life in a single bag, you place your self and your loved ones on a ship hoping to not lose your life at sea,” says Conte when describing the dire scenario migrants face earlier than making the treacherous crossing. “Many say that they’d fairly die at sea than return to Libya.”
For years, Libya has been a transit nation for refugees and financial migrants fleeing poverty, persecution and battle in sub-Saharan Africa and the Center East. Many arrive in Libya hoping for a greater life within the sanctuary of Europe. However the lawlessness of the nation means corruption, abuse, and torture by armed teams are prevalent, with human trafficking from Libya throughout the Mediterranean being a multimillion-dollar enterprise.
As governments round Europe take a harsh stance on immigration, it’s individuals like Conte and her staff at MSF who tackle the search-and-rescue obligations.
On this episode of Shut Up, we comply with Conte and her staff on board Geo Barents as they work tirelessly to avoid wasting lives at sea and navigate the crackdown on immigration by European governments.
A movie by Raul Gallego Abellan
Editors: Raul Gallego Abellan
Producers: Raul Gallego Abellan & Tierney Bonini
EP: Tierney Bonini