The Spanish non-profit organization, Open Arms, announced a successful rescue operation on Saturday, saving 117 migrants attempting a dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya on a precarious wooden boat. This rescue is one of the latest instances of perilous journeys undertaken by migrants.
The majority of those rescued by Open Arms were from Eritrea, Sudan, and Libya, with 25 women and a three-year-old boy among them.
The rescue mission took place in international waters, approximately 30 kilometers off the Libyan coast, following the boat’s departure from the port of Sabratha.
A number of non-profit organizations like Open are working tirelessly to help those who risk everything for the chance at a safer, more stable life. These migrants often find themselves on precarious boats, risking their lives to escape the hardships and conflicts in their homeland.
As the migrant crisis persists, the work of Open Arms and similar organizations remains pivotal. Nonetheless, the global community must continue to seek more comprehensive solutions to the issues forcing these desperate journeys. As well as sharing the news of this recent rescue, we need to shed more light on the broader circumstances pushing people from Eritrea, Sudan, and Libya to undertake such risky escapes.
The Mediterranean Sea is considered one of the most dangerous crossing points for migrants due to its rough waters and the often unsuitable boats used for the journey. Many of these migrants are fleeing conflict, persecution, or economic hardship in their home countries. Over the years, thousands of people have lost their lives attempting this crossing. Organizations like Open Arms play a vital role in reducing the number of deaths and providing aid to those rescued.
Libya, specifically, has been a significant departure point for many migrants. After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, the country plunged into chaos with various factions vying for control. This unrest, along with its proximity to Europe, has made it a hub for human traffickers smuggling people across the Mediterranean.