MOAS calls for the world to ‘prioritise humanity’ on World Refugee Day
Search and rescue charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) said today that World Refugee Day should serve as a reminder to all global stakeholders and citizens to prioritise humanity in all discussions about migration.
MOAS, which has rescued almost 7,000 people from packed and unseaworthy vessels in the central Mediterranean over the past two years, has consistently called for Search and Rescue to be placed at the top of the world’s agenda.
“This is a time of mass migration. More than 60 million people are fleeing their homes. A huge portion of these are minors. Many are risking their lives in treacherous conditions. As the world grapples with this phenomenon, we must remember the obligations we set for ourselves during other times of mass strife. Everybody has a right to life, which is why MOAS will continue to save lives at sea in the world’s most dangerous border crossing,” said director Martin Xuereb.
MOAS is a charity which depends on donations and goodwill to continue its mission. Visit www.moas.eu for more information or to donate.