The View from On Board

This month, as part our Refugee Week and World Refugee Day celebrations, our blogs and podcasts are focusing on exploring the first-hand accounts of people who have experienced forced migration. During our current SAR mission, the MOAS crew have distributed a special camera among the people we have rescued while they are on board the Phoenix, inviting them to document their time with us. Here we share with you photographs taken by Walid, a barber from Damascus in Syria, David, a young man from Cameroon, and Saleem, a 32-year-old man from Libya, and their companions.



Walid (left) and his friend on board the Phoenix


David (centre) and travelling companions


Walid: The Phoenix passes in front of Mount Etna on its way to disembark


Walid: help with the clean-up on board


Walid: MOAS rescue swimmer Paul (centre) with MOAS crew and beneficiaries


Walid’s photograph of the Mediterranean sunset


David: A migrant looks out over top deck


David: A group of men from Bangladesh rescued by the Phoenix crew


Walid: A beneficiary warming up rice on board


Walid with Annie, MOAS paramedic


Walid: Alex, MOAS Able Seaman, chats with a beneficiary


Walid: When the Phoenix is full, every corner is useful


Walid’s companion looks over the water


Saleem: The view from Saleem’s spot on deck


Walid on top deck as post-rescue care is delivered


Saleem: Top deck from below


David’s travelling companion poses for a selfie


Saleem: A view of Malta


David: A fellow passenger rests on board the Phoenix


David: Three of David’s companions find some shade under a RHIB


Saleem: Resting on the lower deck


David: A friend waits to disembark


David with fellow passengers


David: Relieved travellers rest having received water and a hot meal

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