NGOs need Med support

Nearly 9,000 refugees were rescued after they tried crossing the Mediterranean in unseaworthy boats over the weekend. NGOs played a big role in saving their lives, but want more support from governmental agencies.

Rescue NGOs in the Mediterranean call for more support

Zivile Raskauskaite

A calm sea and better spring weather encouraged thousands of people to cross the Mediterranean Sea leaving behind wars, prosecution and poverty. Over the Easter weekend, European frontier coast guards and NGOs rescued 8,360 people from drowning.

Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR tweeted that “rescuers worked incessantly” over the weekend to save the migrants, mainly from Nigeria, Senegal and some from Bangladesh.

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