SOS MEDITERRANEE: New video with testimony of survivors who were violently intercepted by the Libyan Coastguard.

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One year ago, the Ocean Viking witnessed a dangerous interception and shots fired from a Libyan Coastguard patrol vessel in . A few months later, the team onboard rescued two men who were intercepted and forcibly returned to Libya that day.

This is the story of Yawo and Daniel.

This is the brutal system of interception, detention & violence the EU funds in the Mediterranean.
We urgently call on the EU and its Member States to redirect funds to lifesaving services instead of funding human rights violations by the Libyan Coastguard.
The cycle of abuse must end.


SOS MEDITERRANEE is an international maritime and humanitarian organization dedicated to saving lives at sea.

It was founded by citizens in May 2015 in response to the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Central Mediterranean, and the failure of the European Union to prevent the rising death toll. 

SOS MEDITERRANEE operates as a European network with teams in Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland. From February 2016 until October 2018, they jointly financed and operated the rescue ship Aquarius, and are now financing and operating the mission with the Ocean Viking, our new rescue ship.  


SAVE – Rescuing people in  through search and rescue activities at sea. 

PROTECT – Protecting rescued persons until they have disembarked in a safe place and providing care and support on board. 

BEAR WITNESS – Bearing witness to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, alerting and informing the public by giving a voice to those who have survived, respecting the diversity of their journeys. 

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