Title in french : L'appel de Sophie Beau pour financer le sauvetage en mer des réfugiés
Type : solidarity
City : Marseille
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In the early 2000s, the Mediterranean Sea became one of the most prominent routes for refugees trying to reach Europe.
As they crossed the Mediterranean Sea on old ships and rubber boats unsuitable for high seas, it is estimated that 23.000 refugees lost their lives between 2000 and 2014. These numbers sadly reached a high of 3.000 people in 2014. In the first nine months of 2015, nearly 3000 people have died or went missing.
SOS MEDITERRANEE was founded in Berlin on 9th of May 2015 – Europe Day – by an assembly of European citizens forming around merchant marine Captain, Klaus Vogel. Faced with the repeated shipwrecks and the limited deployed resources, these citizens consider it their duty to organize rescue missions and to testify about the situation of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea.