6-18 | There has been a sharp increase this year in the number of people arriving in Greece and especially on the Dodecanese islands, fleeing war, violence and poverty in their home countries. Since the beginning of this year, more than 46,000 refugees have arrived in the Greek islands by sea from Turkey in inflatable dinghies. More than 14,000 refugees have arrived in the Dodecanese islands. Since March 2015, MSF has been working on the island of Kos to provide care to newly arrived migrants and refugees.
6-17 | On Monday 15 June, at least one person died during a search and rescue operation by the Bourbon Argos, a ship chartered by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to carry out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea. People who were rescued reported that another two people had drowned but their deaths could not be confirmed. The tragic accident stemmed from panic breaking out among the passengers as the small rubber boat they were traveling in started to sink as they were about to embark onto the Bourbon Argos.
5-9 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is launching an additional ship to carry out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea to assist people who are risking their lives trying to reach Europe by boat. The ship is carrying a crew of 26 people, including an experienced search- and rescue crew as well as medical staff to provide emergency medical care. The Bourbon Argos, leaving the port of Augusta, Sicily, on 9 May, will provide additional search and rescue support in the Mediterranean.
5-4 | This weekend more than 6000 people were rescued in several operations on the Mediterranean Sea while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe. Three hundred and sixty nine of those were rescued by the MY Phoenix a search and rescue vessel run in partnership by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station).
4-19 | Figures from a warzone in the Mediterranean: a mass grave created by European policies Faced with another tragedy in the Mediterranean sea, European Member States must urgently launch large-scale search and rescue activities in order to avoid more deaths at sea, Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today. “A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean Sea and European policies are responsible,” said Loris De Filippi, MSF president.