Hu­man­i­tar­ian op­er­a­tions hit

The Hindu Business Line - - PULSE -

As refugees, mi­grants and asy­lum seek­ers con­tinue to die in the Mediter­ranean Sea, in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion Médecins Sans Fron­tières/ Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders (MSF) and its partner SOS Méditer­ranée have been forced to ter­mi­nate op­er­a­tions by the search and res­cue ves­sel Aquar­ius.

Over the past two months, with peo­ple con­tin­u­ing to flee by sea along the world’s dead­li­est mi­gra­tion route, the Aquar­ius has re­mained in port, un­able to carry out its hu­man­i­tar­ian work. This is the re­sult of a sus­tained cam­paign, spear­headed by the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment and backed by other Euro­pean states, to dele­git­imise, slan­der and ob­struct aid or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, MSF said.

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