How One Boat Is Rescuing Thousands of Migrants and Refugees in the Mediterranean

by Owen James Burke

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Above:  The Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) heads out to sea in search of migrants in distress. Last year alone, they rescued more than 3,000 people within two months. As of today, that count has risen to over 11,000. Screenshot from MOAS/AJ+’s video (below).

Earlier this year, we posted about Louisiana businessmen, humanitarian and adventurer Christopher Catrambone and wife Maria Luisa Catrambone who invested $8 million to cofound the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) last year because the EU and other European governments were, well . . . being governments, evading the crisis at their doorsteps.

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Above: The Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) makes its first rescue in August 2014. Photo: Barcroft Media/Landov.

This year, the death toll of north African refugees in the Mediterranean has increased exponentially. Meanwhile, the EU just recently cut its search and rescue funding by two-thirds, and as of yet, not one European government has established a search and rescue organization.

As the situation worsens, MOAS is gaining worldwide media attention, and have teamed up with humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Boarders/Médecins Sans Frontières. They’re also now using drones to help them spot vessels carrying refugees.

The Catrambones’ goal is to spend 6 months a year at sea, but it costs roughly $500,000 per month to keep MOAS operational. Watch the video below, and find out how you can help here. -OJB

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