We show the stories that others want to hide.We won't leave any more lives adrift.
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Open Arms is a non-governmental organization whose main mission is to protect from the sea those people who try to reach Europe fleeing from war, persecution or poverty. Born from a rescue and first aid at sea company with extensive experience in the Spanish coasts.
All those lives we save in the Mediterranean aren’t numbers, they are people with a story and a voice.They are #VoicesForHope.
“I was desperate, I thought I was going to die, but today I’m alive”
"The Libyans, they kill everybody, anybody, anytime and any day"
"Thousands of black people are in prison, suffering, tortured"
"Libyan people are treating blacks like animals"
“There is abuse, there is no aid, no humanity”
“We left because our father wanted to practice female genital mutilation on us.”
“Coming here, if we do it, it’s because it’s very painful”
“The situation in Libya is very tough; they were beating us, they didn’t respect us”
The deaths and disappearances of migrants in the Central Mediterranean have multiplied. Our goal is to be where they need us, that is why we are there with a rescue and surveillance boat, to help avoid more deaths.
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In early September 2015 we decided to move to the island of Lesbos to help the refugees who arrived in the Greek coast. We started there and now we are in the Mediterranean sea and at the places of origin of these journeys, because we will not leave while we are still necessary.
Open Arms' mission is to protect life at sea or on land. In this COVID-19 emergency, we have joined the health, research and assistance teams to help the most vulnerable in this pandemic, and now to the assistance and accompaniment of workers in the collection of fruit in situations of vulnerability diagnosed positive COVID-19.
Together, we will get over it.