ON BOARD A HUMANITARIAN RESCUE VESSEL IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Fuelled by numerous humanitarian crisis in Africa, Middle East and Asia, and a worsening situation of widespread violence in lawless Libya, the desperate exodus towards Europe through the Mediterranean continues. Between January 2014 and October 2017 on average 8 people a day died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Italy. It is the most lethal migratory route in the world, with more than 10,000 deaths in 3 and a half years (source: IOM).
The migrants’ ordeal in Libya and during the previous journey from their country of origin is horrifying: abductions, extortions, torture, forced labour and rape are common reports among the testimonies of the survivors. The only way forward is the one that smugglers offer: precarious, overloaded dinghies that not even under the most favourable weather conditions would make it to Italy. Being spotted at open sea is their only chance of survival.
Run by the NGOs SOS Méditerranée and Médicins Sans Frontières, the rescue vessel Aquarius has saved more than 9,000 people during 70 rescue operations carried out from February 2016 to March 2017.
This project is part of a long-term work on the European migrant crisis: The Idea of Europe
PHOTO REPORTAGE (Aug 2016 – Mar 2017)
Troubled Waters (2017) Award-winning 7:49 min documentary video Photography, Video and Edit: Marco Panzetti ©Marco Panzetti / SOS Méditerranée
In Between - On board a migrants rescue vessel in the Mediterranean (2016) 5:59 min documentary video Photography, Video and Edit: Marco Panzetti ©Marco Panzetti / SOS Méditerranée