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The Civil Fleet Podcast

Oct 7, 2022

In today's episode, we speak with SOS Humanity's human rights observer, Mirka Schäfer.

Mirka tells us about the organisation's first rescue mission aboard the Humanity 1, and how it saved the lives of over 390 people in the central Mediterranean last month

We hear about how the crew found 207 people in Malta's SAR zone who had been adrift at sea with no food and water for days. 

After the crew brought them on board, the European authorities refused to allow the rescued to come ashore for another seven days. Mirka tells us all about that and what it was like when the ship's supplies began to run low. 

---Show Notes---

For more on SOS Humanity, visit:

Follow SOS Humanity on Twitter here: @soshumanity_en

For The Civil Fleet's coverage of SOS Humanity, see here:

Read The Civil Fleet's coverage of the Humanity 1 here: 

For more on Alarm Phone, see episodes 3 and 5, or read about them here:

To read the report that Mirka mentions in the interview, go here:

Mirka and Ben talk briefly about SOS Mediterranee. For more on them, see here: 

Want to know more about the Nadir? Then check out episode 27 with Leon. 

What is Frontex? It's the European Border and Coastguard Agency. Check out episode 23 with transparency activist Luisa Izuzquiza for a more in-depth look at them. Or read about it on The Civil Fleet, here:

For more on Frontex's cooperation with the Libyan Coastguards and its refusal to work with activist rescuers, see this interview with Sea Watch’s head of airborne operations Tamino Bohm on The Civil Fleet: and read this exposé:

You can read the exclusive story Ben mentions at the beginning of the episode here: More people die in Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in first six months of 2022 than in the whole of 2021: 

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